Medical marijuana for man's best friend: Seattle company develops 'pot patch' for dogsBy Jennifer Madison
Last updated at 7:51 AM on 1st August 2011
A Seattle company is developing a medical marijuana patch for man's best friend.
Medical Marijuana Delivery Systems LLC has licensed a patent for Tetracan, a 'pot patch' intended as a pain relief alternative to pharmaceuticals.
Company president Jim Alekson says could it used on dogs, cats and horses - and he expects it will be ready for market by the end of this year.
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Man's best friend: Medical Marijuana Delivery Systems president Jim Alekson says animals suffer from maladies and chronic pain similar to humans
He called the pot patch a 'mellow' alternative to traditional pharmaceutical painkillers, which 'have proven harmful, sometimes fatal in animals.'
'Dogs suffer from the same maladies that humans do. It's a question of quality of life.
'I’d much rather they were on something holistic as opposed to something chemical that I know is breaking down some of the organs in their body,' he said.
For the dogs? Medical marijuana was legalised in Washington state - for humans - in 1998
However, the company intends to press for changes in state law that would allow veterinarians to prescribe the patch to pets.
Medical marijuana was legalised in Washington state in 1998.
Mr Alekson told Seattle Weekly: 'It is our intention, once the patch delivery system is perfected, to approach states for approval to use the patch for veterinary use.'
Mellow: The animal pot patch is an alternative to traditional pharmaceutical painkillers, which 'have proven harmful, sometimes fatal in animals,' Alekson said
The patch was developed and patented back in 2000 by Walter Cristobal, a member of the Santa Ana Pueblo Tribe of New Mexico, as a solution to help alleviate his mother's arthritis pain.
TokeofTheTown.com reports Cristobal didn't have the time or organization to bring his product to market, so when Mr Alekson and his business partner Chester Soliz learned of his patent, the three men formed Medical Marijuana Delivery Systems last year.
The company, 'devoted to the advancement, research and development of marijuana delivery modalities,' is also developing creams, gels and oils 'to people and animals in need of chronic pain management.'
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