Vets Could Recommend Marijuana for Pets Under Bill Passed by CA Senate

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Bottles of TreatWell cannabis tinctures for pets, a liquid form of cannabis extraction that can be placed directly in an animal's mouth or on their food, are seen in Los Angeles on June 7, 2017. (Credit: Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images)

Bottles of TreatWell cannabis tinctures for pets, a liquid form of cannabis extraction that can be placed directly in an animal’s mouth or on their food, are seen in Los Angeles on June 7, 2017. (Credit: Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images)

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Veterinarians in California could soon recommend medical marijuana for pets.

The California Senate voted 33-0 Thursday to let pet owners 18 and older purchase medical marijuana for their animals if they have a recommendation from a veterinarian who has completed a specific course.

The bill would give veterinarians the same protections as doctors who recommend marijuana for human patients. And it would prevent the Veterinary Medical Board from disciplining veterinarians who recommend marijuana.

Last year, former Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law allowing veterinarians to discuss medical marijuana with pet owners.

The bill now goes to the state Assembly.

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