It’s intended to help animals manage chronic pain, but you may be tempted to slip it on Fido when he gets a little too rambunctious.
A Seattle company is developing a medical marijuana patch for humans and animals, and intends to press for a change in state law that would allow veterinarians to prescribe medical pot for pets, something that isn’t currently allowed.
Jim Alekson, a spokesman for Medical Marijuana Delivery Systems, said in an e-mail that the company is in the process of perfecting the patch. “It is our intention, once the patch delivery system is perfected, to approach states for approval to use the patch for veterinary use,” he said.
MMDS, which will market its product under the name Tetracan, announced in February that it had acquired the patent for the patch, which was developed in 2000 by Walter Cristobal, a member of the Santa Ana Pueblo Tribe of New Mexico.
“In the 1990s, while seeking to alleviate his mother’s arthritis pain, Cristobal started developing a topical solution that could deliver the therapeutic benefits of marijuana through the skin,” writes Culture Magazine, which describes itself as the “#1 medical marijuana lifestyle magazine. Cristobal received a patent in 2000.
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