Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer approved a bill that would permit veterinarians to consult with individuals who owned pets about the therapeutic use of cannabis and products derived from hemp, such as cannabidiol or THC.
The legislation, which was introduced in 2020 by Rep. Gregory Markkanen, was signed by Michigan’s governor on Tuesday last week. The legislation had passed both chambers of the state’s legislature by December 2020.
While products that contain THC or CBD oil that target pet owners and can be used to reduce a pet’s pain can be accessed by consumers, veterinarians in Michigan operated within a gray area when talking about these options with their clients. This is because Michigan’s state law did not allow veterinarians to explicitly talk about the advantages and disadvantages of products that contain THC or CBD with pet owners.
The now-passed legislation, House Bill 5085, which was sponsored by Rep. Gregory Markannen, was approved by the Senate unanimously in December.
At the start of the year, the House Agriculture Committee listened to veterinarians’ grievances, explaining that the law could help identify and distribute more information and research about the proper use and side effects such products could have on animals. Additionally, the law could also assist pet owners obtain trusted medical advice on these products, which would beat having to research on the internet.
According to a survey conducted in 2018, most veterinarians consider themselves to be somewhat knowledgeable about marijuana and its use as a potential treatment for animals. However, they also stated that veterinary boards and professional associations did not give enough guidance on the topic in question.
While a majority of veterinarians are familiar with hemp and cannabis therapeutics, less than half of the respondents stated that they were comfortable discussing these therapies with clients.
During a public comment period on CBD regulations held in 2019, the Food and Drug Administration heard from hundreds of individuals about the benefits of cannabidiol for pets. However, the products are still not allowed to be sold as dietary supplements or food items. This is despite the legalization of hemp as well as its derivatives.
The absence of regulations only makes business operations challenging, seeing as some businesses are still selling pet marijuana products in different parts of the country without being monitored by the federal government. For instance, in July 2020, the FDA recalled dozens of human and pet hemp products after the Department of Health in Florida notified the agency of lead contamination.
Across the country, California-based Green Hygienics Inc. (OTCQB: GRYN) is poised to grow its revenue exponentially given that it can harvest cannabis throughout the year at its indoor grow facility.
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