Marijuana for dogs?
POSTED: Saturday, July 30, 2011 - 12:00pm
UPDATED: Saturday, July 30, 2011 - 1:56pm
NBC NEWS — We all love our animals and want to keep them happy. And since it's hard for them to roll a joint, a Seattle company is developing a medical marijuana patch for pets. Seriously.
Jim Alekson's Medical Marijuana Delivery Systems LLC has patented a patch called Tetracan that he says could be used on dogs, cats, even horses.
But why would a dog need medical marijuana?
"Because dogs suffer from the same maladies that humans do. It's a question of quality of life," said Alekson.
While the patch does conjur visions of pups frolicking in fields of poppies, Alekson says pets suffer greatly from pain, everything from arthritis to cancer. He points to pharmaceutical painkillers that have proven harmful, sometimes fatal in animals.
Alekson, an owner of three Papillons, says the pot patch is far more...mellow.
"I'd much rather they were on something holistic as opposed to something chemical that I know is breaking down some of the organs in their body," he said.
The patch does pose a plethora of problems. Not the least of which is that laws in states that do allow medical marijuana for humans would likely have to be amended to include animals.
Not to mention the Milk Bone bills.
Developers say the patch would be available for use by humans as well. They hope to have it ready for market by the end of the year.