VETS CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE
We’re making leaps and bounds in North America to make this beneficial plant available for human medicine. Why aren’t we making the same allowances for animals? On both sides of the border, there are no laws that allow the prescription of cannabis by veterinarians to their patients. The Canadian Association of Veterinary Cannabinoid Medicine (CAVCM) was founded by veterinary professionals whose objective is to gain access to cannabinoid medicine, collaborate on research, and educate the public. Dr. Sarah Silcox is the CAVCM’s President. “Canadian veterinarians needed a voice,” she says. “We don’t want to be left out of the discussions that lawmakers are having about the legalization of marijuana.” “It’s frustrating,” she admits. “We can’t talk about it, because there is no legal way for us to prescribe it. If we recommend it, we are guilty of professional misconduct.” So… what to do? Talk to your veterinarian. Gauge your vet’s willingness to discuss the subject and respect the ethical predicament he or she faces. If you feel changes need to occur, contact your lawmakers and make your opinion known.