Latest Anti-Pot Attack: Stoned Dogs

With full legalization on the horizon in California, the largest state in the union, anti-pot forces are scraping the bottom of the bowl looking for angles.

The latest: Stoned and even poisoned pets.

San Francisco’s local CBS-TV affiliate just did a story ginning up a problem with pets, particularly dogs, gobbling up edibles.

Read the accompanying article closely and you see there’s not much there there. The reporter talks to two folks who ended up with sick dogs, each of whom, coincidentally, somehow found the marijuana outside somewhere.

The story cites two instances of dogs nationally supposedly eating cannabutter and dying—this in a country of some 70 million dogs. (We suspect there have been more instances of dogs dying while scuba-diving.)

The story ends on an ominous note:

Dr. Jandrey is getting ready to ramp up triage – and not just for dogs. “I really think that if we do pass proposition 64 we will see more dogs and cats intoxicated,” he said.

To its credit the actual broadcast includes a quick clip of a doctor saying, somewhat wearily, “It’s uncommon, but it’s possible.”

For the record, to the extent this is a problem, it’s not been brought on by the legalization of weed.

As HIGH TIMES has told you before, keep your edibles and your stash away from pets, just as you would any other thing in your house that isn’t good for them (chocolate for dogs, certain plants for cats).

And note that, with the normalization of marijuana, there will of course be better labeling and above-ground advice on how to bring it into your lives safely.

Read all of HIGH TIMES’ legalization coverage here.

  1. Love how edibles are just laying around outdoors for any old dog to gobble up. If a person is spending $12 for 6 cannabis cookies, you’re not going to see them sitting on some street corner abandoned for the pets to devour. $100 on the table the pets got into their owner’s stash. Lock your supply up and keep it out of reach of kids and Fido. It’s a simple concept.

  2. A very dangerous development from the hysterical prohibitionists. If you watch the section of the video from 2:18 to 2:35. It shows animals being put of respirators and having their systems flushed. These are extreme procedures which may have very bad side effects. Cannabis has a zero LD50. That means that all that was necessary was to let the pet sleep things off and talk to it nicely.

    God forbid that they would do something like this to a human being or a child. The question is what are the poison control centers doing today and what do the people running them know about cannabis or other hallucinogens.

    Keep in mind these are the people who claim that cannabis causes hallucinations. I have been wobbly and a couch potato from cannabis but never had a hallucination from it nor met anybody who did.

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