Marijuana coming soon for dogs

Written by Brandie Piper

Seattle (NBC) – We all love our animals and want to keep them happy. Since it’s hard for them to roll a joint, a Seattle company is developing a medical marijuana patch for pets. Jim Alekson’s Medical Marijuana Delivery Systems LLC has patented a patch called Tetracan that he says could be used on dogs, cats and even horses.
But why would a dog need medical marijuana?
“Because dogs suffer from the same maladies that humans do. It’s a question of quality of life,” said Alekson.
While the patch does conjure visions of pups frolicking in fields of poppies, Alekson says pets suffer greatly from pain, everything from arthritis to cancer. He points to pharmaceutical painkillers that have proven harmful, sometimes fatal in animals.
Alekson, an owner of three Papillons, says the pot patch is far more mellow.
“I’d much rather they were on something holistic as opposed to something chemical that I know is breaking down some of the organs in their body,” he said.
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