Inquiries concerning prescribing medical marijuana for animals
December 19, 2016
The College of Veterinarians of Ontario, which regulates the practice of veterinary medicine in the province, has received comments and concerns from the public and veterinarians regarding information presented in the media related to the ability of veterinarians to prescribe medical marijuana for animals.
For clarity and certainty, veterinarians are not permitted to prescribe medical marijuana under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations.
However, veterinarians are not prohibited from prescribing cannabidiol (CBD) oil or capsules. The CBD oil must be purchased in Canada from a licensed dealer and, as a Schedule II drug in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, veterinarians must keep a record of CBD oil in a controlled substances log.
Veterinarians are also not prohibited from prescribing hemp oil or hemp products.
As with all controlled substances, the College regulates the management of controlled drugs, including disposal, to mitigate the risk of inappropriate or illegal access to controlled drugs. The College supports veterinarians in their role in public protection and public health related to controlled substances.