California: Cannabis for Pets? Ask Your Veterinarian.

California’s Governor Jerry Brown just approved a new law that allows veterinarians to discuss possible cannabis treatments for a client’s pet including those pet friendly products that contain hemp derived CBD oil. The new law lifts restrictions that prohibited these types of conversations in the past. Veterinarians are, however, still restricted from prescribing or recommending cannabis products.


In a flurry of activity, the California Legislature passed twenty-one cannabis bills in the last weeks prior to the end of the regular session on August 31st. The Legislature has presented Governor Jerry Brown with fifteen (15) bills for him to either sign or veto.  An additional six (6) bills will be presented to the governor following the engrossment process.

The scope of the bills passed by the California Legislature in the last couple of weeks of August has been monumental.  The bills address important and meaningful issues raised by constituents.  The highlights include the state driven expungement of marijuana convictions; compassionate care programs that permit the donation of cannabis products to individuals in need; the ban of cannabis in alcoholic beverages; the protection of personal data from the federal government; the expansion in industrial hemp cultivation; restricted provisioning of marijuana to animals;  equitable expansion of the cannabis industry; and the administration of cannabis on to children on schoolsites.

The following fifteen (15) bills were presented to the governor for his signature.  The links below provide the summary article and the final bill text.

The following six (6) bills are being enrolled and will be presented to the governor shortly. The links below provide the summary article and the final bill text.


The California Senate passed a bill that restricts a veterinarian's ability to administer or dispense cannabis products to animal clients, and prevents veterinarians from touting marijuana as a treatment option if the veterinarian has a financial arrangement with a cannabis licensee.  Licensed veterinarians are also prohibited from distributing cannabis advertisements in California. Finally, licensed veterinarians or their immediate family are prohibited from accepting, soliciting or offering remuneration from or to a cannabis licensee in which the veterinarian or family member has a financial interest. The Veterinary Medical Board is authorized to revoke or suspend a license or issue a fine against veterinarians who violate these provisions.  The California Senate passes AB-2215 Veterinarians: cannabis: animals by a vote of 37 yes and 1 no.