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FDA puts medical marijuana treats for pets in doghouse


By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez |

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

What a rotten time.

Canna-Pet is a Washington state-based company that 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 become famous for its association with relieving epilepsy and helping to treat cancer in humans. In pets, the company claims that edible CBD extends life, reduces stress, and provides several other medical benefits.

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

So don’t get stoned for Fido, but he can get healthy. The US Food and Drug Administration disagrees.

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

From the letter:

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

The FDA, which totally exacerbated the buzz from canines and felines across the country, told Canna-Pets, “Your product is 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 11-year-old cat, Monkey, was diagnosed with colon cancer, Reiman wrote. The tumor was no longer operable. 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 into her wet food and was amazed at the difference. She started acting like a kitten again, able to eat and play.”

“Even though I lost her to cancer a few months later, during that time I was able to enjoy her for the kitty she was, not to see her slowly disappear before my eyes.”

Canna-Pets has 15 days to respond with mitigation measures. That said, regulation can be an effective death sentence for Canna-Pets, as the FDA cannot authorize substances that are considered a Schedule I drug (such as cannabis).

It looks like the doghouse for Canna-Pets.


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