According to Hemp News we forgot to include an important group in our poll on the legalization of Marijuana . . . our pets!

Okay, in the now I have heard everything category the Hemp News, which provides its readers with late breaking news on environmental and human friendly hemp, announced today that we are close – and how long have we been waiting for this major medical breakthrough, to having a medicinal pot patch for pets suffering from “arthritis, cancer, and other chronic pain.”

While the Hemp News reports that it is illegal in most states to provide and/or negligently allow a pet access to pot, a new spin on the my dog ate my homework lament, one can only hope that a legislative amendment is in the offing.

Of course, and as part of the process associated with revising current laws, the reported side effects are another possible obstacle to obtaining the prerequisite approvals including; listlessness, uncoordinated physical movements, disorientation, incontinence as well as other possible reactions. Hmmmm sounds like a guy I know from the US who is now living up here in Canada and sponging off of our welfare system.

The one thing that I can’t figure out is how do you tell the difference between normal pet behavior and the purported side effects of the pet pot patch (say that one three times as fast as you can). Take dogs for example.

Most of our furry canine friends already do nothing more than eat, sleep, beg for more food, poop, beg for more food, and lick their privates. I mean, over the years has my dog unbeknownst to me been scoring Mary Jane?!

According to Tamar Love Grande, who writes for the Pets Adviser, I am not alone in my thinking.

Currently dropping a fat wad on Deramaxx for Ernie, a 9-year-old pit-boxer mix who has arthritis, Love Grande contemplates the possible effects of the pooch pot patch (still difficult to say three times fast).

While marijuana represents a more holistic and therefore safer alternative to pharmaceutical pain management drugs, Love Grande worries because Ernie already acts stoned all the time. She can’t help but wonder if he will be able to “maintain” with a transdermal pot patch?

Ernie acts as if he is already stoned all of the time . . .

Canine concerns aside, I will tell you about which pets I am most worried . . . cats.

Unlike dogs, cats are generally speaking quite active, especially at night given their nocturnal inclinations. They jump, climb, chase and often times catch anything from a mouse to a fly as well as scratch (including a $700 golf bag . . . but that’s a story for another day). In short, they have a full and busy schedule.

My point is quite simply this, felines lead a very active lifestyle in which coordination and energy are part of their essential make-up. Slap a patch on these critters and all you will end up with is a dog with claws and a longer tail.

Kidding aside, something that is a tad difficult to do in this instance, I can only wonder what people in other parts of the world (with the exception of Amsterdam), must think about North American society. While a good number of our fellow human beings struggle with hunger and a lack of water, civil unrest and political upheaval, here we are discussing the merits of making it legal for our pets to get stoned.

All I can say is . . . only in America DAWG!

PS . . . Here is our poll which asks the question Should Pot Be Legalized? Be sure to include pets when considering your response.


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