Veterinarians are worried about the toxicity of cannabis edibles in pets. They are not worried about the cannabis but the ingredients that go with the edibles. They are noting that cannabis edibles often come with chocolate, raisins, and other things like xylitol. The mixture could be very bad for pets when mixed together. They note that the cases of exposure and poisoning from cannabis edibles as quadrupled in the United States.

Key Takeaways:

  • Some veterinarians are worried about the possibility of exposure of pets to edible cannabis.
  • They cite that the reports of poisoning from cannabis edibles have quadrupled.
  • The mixture of things like chocolate, raisins, and other toxic ingredients for dogs seem to be the problem as opposed to the cannabis itself.

“Over the past six years, the U.S.-based Pet Poison Helpline says cannabis toxicity cases have more than quadrupled in the U.S. In Canada, the helpline reported there were 54 reports of pet exposure to CBD and cannabis during the first seven months of 2019.” (Geary, 2020)

Link to article:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/cannabis-pets-vet-advice-1.5464578

New farmers who are growing hemp or making CBD are thinking about making the switch should the state legalize Marijuana. It would not be too big of a step for most but, surprisingly, not everyone is on board as some want to stay building something everyone can use. The projected 30.3 billion in legalized marijuana sales may convince them otherwise, however.

Key Takeaways:

  • Farmers in New York are eyeing the possibility of growing marijuana should it go legal.
  • Some are balking at it because they want to produce a crop that will not get anyone high.
  • A major problem seems to be the taxes associated with it in the proposed bill. A farmer says that it would be akin to asking for $500 a pound.

Quote: “Some farmers, such as Sherman, are already growing hemp and wouldn’t need to change much to begin processing marijuana as well, but find the current law could hinder smaller farm operations from getting into the market.” (Briere and Dunn, 2020)

Link to article:

https://poststar.com/news/state-and-regional/farmers-mull-growing-marijuana-as-potential-for-market-grows/article_02f9663c-0046-5eaf-89d6-ea5dc4fd7086.html

The founder and president of the New York Small Farm Alliance of Cannabis Growers and Supporters, Andi Novick believes that Governor Cuomo’s new bill is a detriment to the legal growing community in New York. He wrote a letter that was published in the Gotham Gazette outlining how he believes that the bill favors out of state growers of hemp. He also feels as if it enables the illegal marijuana market in New York to keep growing in market share.

Key Takeaways:

  • The founder and president of the New York Small Farm Alliance of Cannabis Growers and Supporters have taken issue with Governor Cuomo’s new bill.
  • He contends that the new bill favors outside of state big business hemp growers.
  • He also contents that the rules in the bill only foster the illegal market in New York to continue to gain steam.

Quote: “Rather than support what could be a huge revitalization of farming communities, the governor’s bill is a gift to large out-of-state businesses. Adding insult to injury, this bill will fail to produce the tax revenues the governor is counting on because his plan will only fuel the existing illegal cannabis market in New York.” (Novick, 2020)

Link to article:

https://www.gothamgazette.com/opinion/9105-cuomo-s-cannabis-bill-locks-out-farmers-and-preserves-illegal-market-in-new-york

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