DEA chief: Think about dogs before legalizing pot

DEA chief Michele Leonhart was testifying about the DEA budget before a House Appropriations subcommittee on Wednesday, when she was going over the results of legalizing recreational marijuana in Washington state and Colorado.
By Aileen Graef Follow @AileenGraef Contact the Author   |   April 3, 2014 at 2:43 PM

WASHINGTON, April 3 (UPI) -- DEA chief Michele Leonhart said that there was one consequence to legalizing pot in Colorado and Washington that wasn't expected: more dogs getting high.

Leonhart cited an article that appeared in USA Today saying that veterinarians in Colorado and Washington state are seeing an increase in the number of dogs needing treatment for exposure to marijuana.

"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 said. "We made a list of the outcomes we thought that might happen in these two states. We never thought of putting pets down."

Dogs usually don't eat marijuana by itself and marijuana isn't particularly harmful to dogs, but ingredients in edibles such as butter and chocolate can do significant damage to a dog's health.

Coloradans and Washingtonians should keep their pot brownies away from their pups.

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