Many people know about the many conditions and illnesses that can be treated by medical marijuana. But it's not just humans who can benefit from cannabis. Many veterinarians believe marijuana could be used to help treat animals, and they're calling on the DEA to help them out.
The American Veterinary Medical Association released a statement in which they called on the DEA to declassify marijuana as a Schedule I narcotic in order to allow scientists to research the drug's ability to help treat conditions for both humans and animals. The board's chairman says this research is important because Americans are already treating their animals with cannabis, but without proper guidance on dosage to actually make a difference.
There have been efforts to study marijuana for animals. The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine began research on how cannabis could help treat pain-related conditions in dogs, but the federal government ended up shutting it down. And a proposal from Auburn University to examine marijuana's effects on dogs with epilepsy is awaiting approval after the feds have instituted several roadblocks.
Of course, it's not just animals who aren't getting the proper research. Many studies into how marijuana can help humans are also being held up by the DEA due to the drug's classification. Of course, you'd think the agency would want to know as much as possible about cannabis so they'd be able to more effectively determine what policies would be best. But that would require rational thought, which is unfortunately lacking in Washington D.C.
(h/t Cannabiz Daily)