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Pot for Pets: How Legalized Marijuana is Affecting Pets

On this version of the Cannabusiness Report, Fusion’s Ryan Nerz travels to the James L. Voss Veterinary Clinic in Fort Collins, Colorado, to discuss the “pot for pets” phenomenon.

Veterinarian Tim Hackett was the co-author of a report that showed a fourfold increase, between 2005 and 2010, in pets being admitted to clinics for “acute cannabis intoxication.”

Ever since the rise of medical marijuana in Colorado, pets have been finding their owners’ pot brownies and eating them. And because dogs metabolize marijuana differently, the effects can be troubling. That said, other pet owners are giving their sick dogs medical marijuana, and the empirical evidence shows some good early results.

Credit: Ryan Nerz and Darwin Phillips

Pot for Pets: How Legalized Marijuana is Affecting Pets

On this version of the Cannabusiness Report, Fusion’s Ryan Nerz travels to the James L. Voss Veterinary Clinic in Fort Collins, Colorado, to discuss the “pot for pets” phenomenon.

Veterinarian Tim Hackett was the co-author of a report that showed a fourfold increase, between 2005 and 2010, in pets being admitted to clinics for “acute cannabis intoxication.”

Ever since the rise of medical marijuana in Colorado, pets have been finding their owners’ pot brownies and eating them. And because dogs metabolize marijuana differently, the effects can be troubling. That said, other pet owners are giving their sick dogs medical marijuana, and the empirical evidence shows some good early results.

Credit: Ryan Nerz and Darwin Phillips

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