Interestingly, the bill text simply states: “A veterinarian may consult with an owner on the use of marihuana or industrial hemp on an animal of the owner” and defines “marihuana” and “industrial hemp,” leaving the option open for pet owners to discuss any cannabinoid including THC.
During testimony last year supporting the reforms, bill sponsor State Rep. Greg Markkanen (R) said the measure would “make sure … veterinarians are able to have open and honest conversations about the products, so Michigan pet owners can make well-informed decisions about what is best for their animals.”
Dr. Kellie Holmstrom, a veterinarian from Marquette, testified that without the legislation, vets were “not legally able” to have discussions with their clients about cannabis and hemp use for their pets.
“I think we all have the same goal – we want to have happy, healthy pets. That’s why I asked Rep. Markkanen to bring this bill forward so that we can clarify the situation with veterinarians in regard to these products.” – Holmstrom during Jan. 2020 testimony to House Agriculture Committee.
According to cannabis marketing research firm Brightfield Group, spending on CBD for pets reached $31 million in 2018 and increased to $321 million the following year – a spike of 946%. The firm estimates the market will grow to $1.7 billion by 2025.
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