Pet owners in New York are one step closer to being able to give their pets medical marijuana. Over the past few months, state lawmakers have been working on a bill that could legalize the use of medical marijuana for pets. If the proposal continues advancing, New York medical marijuana program may soon include care for pets.
New York Considering New Bill
New York passed its first medical marijuana law in 2014. Now, the state may be expanding that law to include pets. Lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it legal for veterinarians to recommend medical marijuana for pets.
The bill was initially introduced in March. It is now pending in the Senate and State Assembly Health Committees.
The bill was first proposed by New York State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin. She framed the idea as a way of dealing with some of the challenges introduced by the state’s opioid epidemic.