SANTA FE – New Mexico is considering whether ailing household pets should have access to medical marijuana prescribed by veterinarians.
The state’s medical cannabis advisory board was scheduled Tuesday to hear a petition allowing marijuana prescriptions for dogs with epilepsy.
The discussion follows related proposals in California and New York. Cannabidiol-infused products derived from hemp and marijuana are widely marketed to pets, but no state has expressly authorized medical pot for pets.
About 78,000 people participate in New Mexico’s medical marijuana program for conditions such as cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
The state Legislature is expected to consider new proposals to legalize recreational marijuana in January.