By Lucas De Vries

January 9, 2020
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New Mexico will consider expanding its medical cannabis program to help dogs with epilepsy and people with attention deficit disorders.

In fact , 5 new petitions submitted to the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board request new eligible medical conditions for patients in the state’s medical cannabis program.

The Board meets in December. Therefore , the Department of Health withheld the names of the petition sponsors on Wednesday, November 20, in response to a request for public records.

Also a petition claims that medical cannabis could help dogs suffering from epilepsy

Another petition quotes modern veterinary research which recommends cannabis for animals with seizures.

This petition uses a video on YouTube about an epileptic dog named Tecumseh in order to highlight suffering related to the condition.

Epilepsy is one of the 27 qualifying conditions of the state’s medical cannabis program for humans. Cannabidiol (CBD) derived from hemp is therefore widely marketed for pets.

New York and California have also recently considered allowing veterinarians to recommend medical cannabis to pets, said Carly Wolf, policy coordinator at the National Organization for Marijuana Law Reform.

No state appears to explicitly allow this at this time. So ,the petitioner from New Mexico states that allowing cannabis for animals would reduce the risk of animal abuse by regulating the use of medical cannabis with pets and would provide new treatment tools for veterinarians.

Other conditions envisaged for the qualification of medical cannabis

Another petition would allow cannabis for:    

  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).    
  • Anxiety disorder    
  • Tourette’s Syndrome

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