I always find it funny, how people will defend their habits with adamant abandon. I’ve seen mothers smoke with their infant children strapped to the back seats of their cars (driving under the ‘influence’ aside), have ridden with more than one- “It’s fine, the window is open” (protests usually get you either excuses, perhaps scorn if the issue is pressed). A traffic stop would equal the same DUI as any drunk driver, and she might as well kiss her child goodbye, there goes all ‘mothering’ privileges in one foul swoop (in my state, anyway) – but there is no arguing the point.
Hey, maybe all the smoke goes out the car window; maybe they are fine. Or maybe that child has now suffered irreparable developmental effects, but it of course wasn’t the mother’s fault.
No, I agree; it is absolutely none of my business. But again, who is going to stand up for the child, who has no say at all? Most of us can probably agree- smoking around children is a bad thing. But what about dogs?
If the above video (Siberian Husky gets into owner’s edible stash; after- effects) doesn’t load for you, you can follow the link here. Of course- this is only one case, and doesn’t represent every animal.
No, Getting Your Pets ‘Wasted” Isn’t Funny; They Don’t Enjoy It.
Let’s put to rest one thing now- yes, pets can get high just the same, and quicker than humans. Breathe it in their face? Forget ‘second hand’, they might as well be smoking themselves.
Dogs who have been seen by vets after ingesting marijuana show the symptoms listed here. However, about 25% of animals, instead of being calm and relaxed, are seen panting, pacing, quite obviously distressed. This poses a challenge, because there’s no way to know which dogs are going to be effected this way.
Even if nothing apparent happens, consider what you are doing. Your dogs, and these would fall under the category of ‘smart’ breeds, are widely believed to have the mental capabilities comparable to that of small 3-year old children (of course there are things dogs are capable of no child, and very few adults, will find easy).
Do you think the risk is worth it?
Can Dogs Die From Ingesting Marijuana?
Where as people don’t die directly/OD from the drug (although- yes, marijuana smoke can result in fatal symptoms leading to human deaths that otherwise wouldn’t occur), animals can. In most cases, dogs would have to ingest a pretty large amount to prove fatal, but age and weight does have a direct relation.
Where as the adult Labrador seen to your right may be fine, a younger retriever, or adult Dachshund, may be in serious trouble (for example).
Is it worth it? Are you wiling to take that risk with your pet?
Current US Marijuana Smoking Laws
Outside of the US Military- where non-prescription drug use of any kind (barring over-the-counter) will be met with severe penalties, marijuana use is slowly becoming legalized.
The unfortunate consequences and harsh legal penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol are well known by even non-drinkers. What many people don’t realize is that where as the punishment differs per location, it is still illegal and punishable in all 50 states to drive under the influence of marijuana (or a combination of alcohol, marijuana, or other drugs). In some areas, merely sitting in a vehicle, regardless of whether driving or not, constitutes a DUI.
In the end? I actually have very little against reasonable marijuana use; I think it is a great solution for people with both painful or terminal cases, even though the majority of people in the United States who smoke aren’t the least bit sick. It might even be a nice way to stimulate the US economy.
The drug does have very valid medical benefits; there is no denying that.
At the same time, it both disgusts and enrages me when marijuana users casually subject children and animals, who have no say at all, to their habits; I consider it cruelty and abuse.
What do you think? Is it OK to smoke around pets? What about smoking around children? Please, feel free to share your opinions.