AB 2215 (Kalra) Veterinarians: Cannabis: Animals

CVMA Position: Support

Summary: This bill will prohibit the Veterinary Medical Board (VMB) from disciplining, or denying, revoking, or suspending the license of a licensed veterinarian for discussing the use of cannabis on an animal for medicinal purposes. The bill will also prohibit a licensed veterinarian from dispensing or administering cannabis or cannabis products to an animal patient.

It will require the VMB to develop guidelines for these specified discussions between a veterinarian and his/her client on or before January 1, 2020 and will require the VMB to post those guidelines on its website.

The CVMA strongly supported this bill and was a vital advocate in its passage. California veterinarians are treating numerous cases of cannabis toxicity in animals due to clients medicating their animals or due to accidental poisoning. This critical legislation will allow veterinarians to counsel their clients on cannabis use for the health and welfare of their patients. With the passage of this bill, state law will provide protections or exemptions from legal action by state agencies for veterinarians who discuss cannabis, a schedule 1 controlled substance with their clients.

AB 2215 Bill text

AB 2215 Press Release

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