Pot for pets: U.S. federal law puts vets into a quandary

(Reuters) – A wave of medical research is providing fresh evidence that marijuana may help dogs and cats cope with arthritis, epilepsy, anxiety and other maladies without the side effects of traditional drugs, but veterinarians are afraid to prescribe it for fear of running afoul of federal laws.

The Vet CBD Pet Cannabis Company booth is seen at CatCon in Pasadena, California, U.S. August 5, 2018. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

At least 30 U.S. states have legalized medical marijuana, but none of them make provisions for ailing animals.

As a result, veterinarians are reluctant to even discuss…

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