A new Rhode Island bill is seeking to allow pets to be treated with medical marijuana, reported NBC 10 News.
House Bill 5504 from Reps. Patricia Serpa and Charlene Lima, introduced for the second time earlier this month, would enable pets to use cannabis if certified by a licensed veterinarian.
The measure was initially introduced in 2021. However, the Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association (RIVMA) didn’t support the legislation, with experts seeking more research, raising some safety issues.
Serpa and Lima, and Reps Julie Casimiro and Deborah Fellela, who also sponsored the bill, said that the issue needs to be tackled.
“We need to get this dialogue going to see if it will be beneficial,” Lima said. “It might not be, studies have shown THC can be very deadly for animals.”
The lawmakers also said that more research is imperative.
“You know how quickly science changes,” she added. “There’s a lot more studies out there now than there was last year when it was first introduced.”
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