AB-2215’s Half Solution
CA Vets Can Discuss Medical Cannabis – But What Then?
Late last month, the California Senate passed AB-2215
by a vote of 37-1 and s on the Governor’s desk for signature. He has until September 30th to sign or veto the law.
Unfortunately, as often happens in politics, at the eleventh hour the language of AB-2215 was dramatically chopped up and added to in what appears to be some late night dealings in Sacramento. The resulting law will be a far cry from what many proponents had worked very hard for and it has created a conundrum: veterinarians will be able to discuss medical cannabis but there is no clear path for licensing those who create medical cannabis products.
The upshot is that your veterinarian may be able to discuss the issue, but then what? California passed on the opportunity to be a leader on this critical issue but other states may just take over, realizing that pets need access to medical cannabis too.
New York May Lead the Way
We’re tracking New York State Assembly Bill 10104
, introduced earlier this year and pending. Significantly, the summary demonstrates a compassionate approach, which California may want to consider:
“Medical marihuana has helped countless people in the management and treatment of chronic and debilitating illnesses. Research suggests that animals can also benefit from cannabis use to similarly treat their ailments. This legislation would authorize licensed veterinarians in the state to certify their animal patients to use medical marihuana for any medical
condition that may benefit from such treatment. Animal owners and care-givers would therefore be given an alternative option to alleviate their pets’ pain. This could be helpful to many animals in need of relief, especially those that have chronic illnesses and for whom more traditional medical treatment has not proven to be effective.”
Stay tuned as we monitor this and other legislative developments in California and nationwide.