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FDA Puts Medical Marijuana Treats For Pets In Doghouse

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez |

A medical marijuana company that’s marketing “canna-biscuits” for dogs and cats is violating federal law, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

What a ruff time.

Canna-Pet is a Washington state-based company which promotes its CBD capsules as a remedy for ailments in cats and dogs. CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the many active ingredients in marijuana, and has achieved fame for its connections with easing epilepsy and aiding in cancer treatment in humans. In pets, the company claims that edible CBD will prolong life, reduce stress, and provide various other medical benefits.

Alongside the CBD capsules, the company also sells Canna-Biscuits, “all natural baked treats… made from hemp and rich in cannabidiol with no psychoactive effects,” according to its website.

So no getting stoned for Fido, but he may get healthy. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration disagrees.

As reported by medical website HCPLive, the FDA issued Canna-Pets a warning letter on Feb. 24.

From the letter:

“We have determined that your products are drugs… as the products are intended for use in the mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in animals. As discussed below, the products are unapproved new animal drugs and your marketing of them violates the [Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act].”

Totally harshing the buzz of canines and felines countrywide, the FDA told Canna-Pets “Your product was not approved or listed by the FDA, and therefore the product is considered unsafe.”

This goes against the experience of some pet owners. Amanda Reiman, the California policy manager for the Drug Policy Alliance, wrote in a blog post that she gave her cat compassionate care with marijuana.

Her cat of 11 years, Monkey, was diagnosed with intestinal cancer, Reiman wrote. The tumor was inoperable. But compassionate cannabis care helped ease her cat’s pain.Monkey_cat

In Reiman’s PETA blog post, she wrote, “I decided to mix a little cannabis oil in with her wet food, and was astounded at the difference. She started acting like a kitten again, able to eat and play.”

“Even though I ended up losing her to cancer several months later, in that time I got to enjoy her for the kitty she was, not watch her slowly disappear before my eyes.”

Canna-Pets has fifteen days to respond with mitigative measures. That said, regulation may be an effective death sentence for Canna-Pets, as the FDA is not able to authorize substances considered a Schedule I drug (like cannabis).

It looks like the doghouse for Canna-Pets.