State Rep. Markkanen working to protect UP veterinarians –

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) – Improving the quality of pets’ lives is what Dr. Kellie Holmstrom says she’s proud to do every day.

But as of lately, Holmstrom says she’s having problems following this mission due to legal issues she’s asking lawmakers to clarify.

“Veterinarians are in a legal quagmire right now in regards to the cannabis products,” said Dr. Kellie Holmstrom, a veterinarian at the Animal Medical Center of Marquette.

Holmstrom says clients have questions about the use of products containing CBD oil and THC for their pets.

But she can’t offer this advice to her patient’s owners because it is a legal gray area for veterinarians.

“That is because when it was legalized in the state of Michigan, what they legalized was products for physicians for their patients, veterinarians were not included in that law,” said Holmstrom.

Holmstrom and other veterinarians fear if they comment on its use, they will lose their license because of how the laws are set.

This is why Holmstrom asked for State Representative Greg Markkanen’s help.

“It was just something that was overlooked. Dr. Holmstrom felt that we should address it as soon as possible because they were seeing more and more cases,” said Rep. Markkanen (R-Hancock) of the 110th State House District.

Rep. Markkanen introduced House Bill 5085 to the House Agriculture Committee.

The updated bill will let veterinarians talk with pet owners about the use of products containing CBD oil and THC in pets.

Veterinarians at the Animal Medical Center of Marquette say this House Bill will help pets and owners in many ways.

“What it will say is that veterinarians can talk about THC and CBD oil and how it may or may not help their pets, the new research that’s coming out on areas that people can utilize, what the doses are,” explained Holmstrom.

Rep. Markkanen says the committee is working out the final details.

Then, the House Bill should move to the floor for a vote within the next few weeks.