By Gregory B. Hladky
2:22 PM EDT, October 4, 2012
Here's an unintended consequence to legalization of medical marijuana that Connecticut may not have taken into consideration: doped-up dogs dying.
Seems that Colorado, which has a thriving medical pot program already in place and a legalization of marijuana question on this year's ballot, is experiencing a plague of sometimes deadly dog doping.
According to researchers in that state, the numbers of stoned canines being taken to the vet for treatment is way, way up.
Marijuana probably helps many types of humans with medical problems, but it can be deadly to dogs. A pup that scarfs somebody's pot-laced brownies can end up staggering, vomiting, and ultra-sensitive to light and noise.
Connecticut's medical marijuana law took effect Oct. 1, but you won't be able to legally buy pot for medical use until grow facilities and a pharmacy distribution system is set up. State officials say they hope to have regulations in place sometime in 2013.
By then, Connecticut vets will hopefully be ready to deal with any stoner dogs that come along.
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