No, Pets Aren't Accidentally Eating More Marijuana in California Since Legalization Began

Anti-marijuana groups often focus on how cannabis can affect children when making their arguments, but occasionally they'll also claim they're defending our furry four-legged friends as well. Unfortunately, it appears their case isn't quite as clear when it comes to pets.

According to the Mercury News, the amount of phone calls made to poison control centers regarding animals ingesting marijuana has not increased since California legalized recreational marijuana at the beginning of the year. In fact, one poison control agency says the amount of calls they've received regarding pets and cannabis has actually decreased this year.

The number of calls regarding pets eating marijuana has increased in the past few years. In 2017, the Animal Poison Control Center at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) received 325 cannabis-related calls, up from 132 in 2015. However, the ASPCA noted that the number of calls overall also increased in that time, and that the number of marijuana-related calls is still relatively small (about one in five) compared to other thing such as chocolate or ibuprofen. 

So basically if someone's argument against marijuana legalization is they're afraid dogs or cats will start dying, you can tell them that's pretty much not true. 

(h/t Mercury News)


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