Iowa Attorney General, Tom Miller released a statement this week to address questions about the legality of products containing cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is considered marijuana under Iowa law. CBD and its psychoactive component, tetrahydrocannabinols (
THC) is a Schedule I controlled substance under Iowa Law and is illegal.
Although there is an exception for humans who obtain a state-issued registration cared under the Medical Cannabiodiol Act, there is no legal program for animals.
It is illegal for veterinarians to prescribe, administer, dispense or recommend any products derived from the Cannabis family of plants to their patients in Iowa.
Because the products are illegal under Iowa law, local law enforcement agencies retain the authority and discretion to take criminal enforcement action against people who sell or possess over-the counter CBD products.
The Attorney General's statement also refers to the Iowa Hemp Act, which Gov. Kim Reynolds signed in May which will allow for the production of hemp (cannabis with a THC concentration of less than .3%) in Iowa in the future. This act does not have any provisions for animal products.
FDA addresses Cannabis Products for Pets
The FDA issued a Questions and Answers statement about Cannabis-Derived Products. One of the questions addresses cannabis products being marketed for pets.