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DEA Chief: Please, Think Of The Dogs Before You Legalize Pot

  1. Rob Cypher
    Michele Leonhart, the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, has a message for those considering legalizing marijuana: Please, think of Fido.

    Testifying on the DEA budget during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on Wednesday, Leonhart said she expected a number of things to happen after Washington and Colorado were allowed to go forward with the legalization of marijuana last year. What she didn't anticipate was the impact on man's best friend.

    "There was just an article last week, and it was on pets. It was about the unanticipated or unexpected consequences of this, and how veterinarians now are seeing dogs come in, their pets come in, and being treated because they've been exposed to marijuana," Leonhart said.

    "Again, it goes back to the edibles, it goes back to products that are in the household that are now made from marijuana, and it's impacting pets," Leonhart continued. "We made a list of the outcomes we thought that might happen in these two states. We never thought of putting pets down."

    Leonhart was referencing a story in USA Today which noted that the effects of marijuana could make it more difficult for a dog to breathe or vomit up a product that could kill them, like butter. The USA Today article noted, however, that on its own "marijuana itself isn't particularly harmful to dogs," and that dogs typically won't eat marijuana by itself.

    The story referenced a 2012 study that found that two dogs who ate large amounts of marijuana-infused butter died, out of a sample of 125 dogs that were believed to have ingested marijuana.

    Note to marijuana users in Washington and Colorado: Keep your dogs away from the pot brownies.

    Ryan J. Reilly
    The Huffington Post
    April 2, 2014



  1. Potter
    we should criminalize everything that might hurt dogs, like cars, cars kill shit tons of dogs.

  2. Name goes here
    I am not a pot smoker and neither is my dog but is this really the best the dea could come up with? Ban chocolate, tylenol and coffee since there actually harmful to dogs. More insanity from a non regulated government agency.
  3. Nosferatus
    Agreed. I guess we should ban chocolate, cars, guns, toddlers, raccoons, and delicious yet somehow not edible garbage, these things are all much more dangerous to dogs than cannabis, regardless of preperation. It really seems like they're grasping at straws to justify their stance on legalization.

    On a side note, don't a lot of edibles contain a large amount of chocolate as well? One would think that that would pose more of a hazard to Fido than any cannabis there.
  4. cz-one
    What a load of rubbish. The USA should be asking THIS question.....they have DEA offices all round the world with a budget of billions and all the military and intelligence back up they need.....YET,despite four decades of their existence,the US is awash with drugs !! Rather than make up nonsense like this they should be justifying their existence,because by ANY standard,they've clearly failed in their mission, and the drugs war was lost years ago,and its only now down to vested financial interests that they continue with nonsensical and costly prohibition-type enforcement.
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