DEA: Marijuana Legalization Imperils Dogs
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DEA: Marijuana Legalization Imperils Dogs
Posted by CN Staff on April 04, 2014 at 10:46:32 PT
By Ilya Somin
Source: Washington Post
Washington, D.C. -- Itís hard to come up with a new angle on a much-debated policy issue like the War on Drugs. But Drug Enforcement Administration head Michele Leonhart may have succeeded with her recent claim that we should oppose marijuana legalization because it poses a health risk for dogs. Unfortunately, her argument ignores the reality that the War on Drugs poses a far greater threat to dogs than marijuana does.It is indeed true that ingesting marijuana creates some small risks for dogs. As Jacob Sullum notes, marijuana itself is not dangerous to canines; but ingesting it can sometimes lead them to be slower in vomiting up other dangerous foods in which it has been infused, such as chocolate (which is poisonous for dogs, when ingested in large quantities).
However, he also notes that the risk is miniscule. Since Colorado legalized medical marijuana in 2000, a study by veterinarian Tim Hackett a total of two dogs have died in the states from causes related to marijuana consumption. Dog owners can reduce the already minor risk still further simply by storing marijuana, chocolate, and other such substances somewhere where the dog canít reach them. Meanwhile, every year hundreds or thousands of dogs are needlessly slaughtered in overaggressive police raids undertaken as part of the War on Drugs. Jacob Sullumís critique of Leonhartís argument includes links to descriptions of numerous reprehensible incidents of this type. Whether you focus on dogs or on humans, the War on Drugs destroys vastly more lives than it saves. Ilya Somin is Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law. His research focuses on constitutional law, property law, and the study of popular political participation and its implications for constitutional democracy. He is the author of Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter (Stanford University Press, 2013), and coauthor of A Conspiracy Against Obamacare: The Volokh Conspiracy and the Health Care Case (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). Somin has been a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, the University of Hamburg, Germany, and the University of Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Before joining the faculty at George Mason, Somin was the John M. Olin Fellow in Law at Northwestern University Law School in 2002-2003. In 2001-2002, he clerked for the Hon. Judge Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Professor Somin earned his B.A., Summa Cum Laude, at Amherst College, M.A. in Political Science from Harvard University, and J.D. from Yale Law School.Source: Washington Post (DC) Author:  Ilya SominPublished: April 4, 2014Copyright: 2014 Washington Post CompanyContact: letters Website: URL:  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #4 posted by Swazi-X on April 09, 2014 at 14:33:01 PT
The Only Dogs
that are "imperiled" by cannabis are the ignorant mutts working at the D.E.A.Cannabis legalization imperils their income. Why else do you think they're incessantly barking about it?
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Comment #3 posted by Oleg the Tumor on April 07, 2014 at 16:05:30 PT:
"I'm Sorry, but you are under arrest . . . "
" . . . for your dogs safety and the safety of all dogs in the area. You have the right to . . . ""And by the way, your dog is also under arrest for barking at The People's Moon without a permit."
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Comment #2 posted by Storm Crow on April 06, 2014 at 21:56:08 PT
From PubMed- 
"Two hundred and thirteen cases of marijuana toxicoses in dogs." "All followed animals made full recoveries."   
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on April 04, 2014 at 12:58:11 PT
So Michele...
here are your two reasons for continuing the tyranny on a free people vs. one hundred thousand reasons why it should end.It is cunning of her to have tried to pass the conversation over to household pets. Let us tally the many children who have been killed or made homeless by this cold, self absorbed witch!I want her homeless, sanding in a welfare line! Better yet put in a cage like the rabid animal she is!
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