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Medical Marijuana and Pets

As one of the more recent of the 29 states now allowing the use of medical marijuana, Florida is continuing a progressive movement with the involvement of Tetra Health Care at many levels of legislature.

With legalization and regulation running smoothly throughout the state, our next objective is the overwhelming interest across the country in the use of medical marijuana for pets. Tetra Health Care President Tracilea Young has personally endorsed medical marijuana use for pets, stating that she has “given [her] pets CBD-cannabis tinctures and oils at various times, for various conditions.” Though the THC component of marijuana has been known to cause allergic reactions in dogs, cats, and horses, CBD (a known neutralizer of THC) can provide relief for these animals from pain, inflammation and anxiety.

Though there is much debate over whether medical marijuana could be a benefit for animals, laboratory and medical testing targeting pets could be coming very soon. In fact, the pet industry could only 6 to 12 months away from progress in this area: David M. Cunic, CEO of Pazoo, a company involved in laboratory testing of medical cannabis and cannabinoids noted that “when the states that have medical cannabis laws (for humans) is perfecting and fine-tuning their systems and procedures, the pet cannabis industry will take off.”

We were invited to Tallahassee to meet with Senator Bradley, House Representatives as well as the Compassionate Care Department of Florida. This was an important step to becoming recognized as the ‘Leader’ in Medical Marijuana Certification Clinics.

The meeting with Senator Bradley went swimmingly well. He was very humble and welcoming and receptive as we discussed issues at hand with Amendment 2 and changes we were hoping for. I was forewarned prior to meeting with House Representatives that I should NOT even address the issue of edible as that had already been decided against and they would most likely end the meeting and ask us to leave. The House Representatives we met with individually were all so different in the way they communicated their thoughts, opinions and beliefs. Some were more receptive and friendlier than others, and we never once got asked to leave 🙂

Two days after leaving Tallahassee we were informed that Tetra was very well received. So much so that they asked us to help write a portion of the bill, AND they cited Tetra as the reason for reversal on the issue of edibles – both the House and the Senate agreed to allow them. Huge victory! They also removed the 90 day wait AS WELL as the 90 day renewal.

-Tracilea Young