Medical marijuana program calls legality of CBD-infused pet products into question

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WESTERVILLE, OH (WCMH) – Ohio’s medical marijuana program is still weeks away from its debut.

The roll-out is leading to more questions for some businesses, including for pet stores who have offered hemp oil products for dogs and cats for years.

Despite new rules in Ohio’s medical marijuana program, vendors insist those products are still legal.

Captivating Canines in Westerville sells hemp-derived cannabidiol infused products for pets suffering from everything from arthritis to anxiety.

“I’m a leading supplier. I am an advocate. My dog is a user,” said Ron Keller.

Recently, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy decided all marijuana products, including CBD oil, can only be sold from a licensed Medical Marijuana Control Dispensary.

Some have stopped selling, but not Keller.

“That is for the marijuana product. This is a hemp product. This has no THC. You won’t get high,” said Keller.

Keller adds that hemp oil is legal through federal law.

However, local vets say it’s still not sanctioned for pet use.

“We are not legally allowed to discuss this or recommend this kind of product,” said Dr. Brian Taylor at Health Pets of Hilliard Rome. He says there are safer ways to treat your pet.

“This may change, but as of right now, we can’t recommend you seek these options. It’s at your own risk with the law and your pet’s safety,” said Taylor.

But for people like Keller, just like medical marijuana can help human patients, he believes it can help our furry friends as well.

“It is certified organic. It is USDA approved. It is a good product,” said Keller.

Right now, the Board of Pharmacy is reviewing what impact the 2018 farm bill will have on CBD oil in Ohio.

Although many marijuana cultivators say they hope to be serving Ohio patients by the first of the year, it’s not yet clear when the first state-approved dispensaries are set to open their doors.

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