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Nevada bill seeks to allow pets medical marijuana

POT FOR PETS:The idea is part of a larger bill overhauling the state’s medical marijuana law, with the aim of providing pain relief for animals


Pets might soon be able to use marijuana under a bill introduced on Tuesday in the Nevada Legislature.

State Senator Tick Segerblom is sponsoring the measure that would allow animal owners to get marijuana for their pet if a veterinarian certifies the animal has an illness that might be alleviated by the drug.

Segerblom said he is concerned that some animals might have adverse reactions, but that “you don’t know until you try.”

Some veterinarians who have given cannabis to sick and dying pets say it has relieved their symptoms, although the substance has not been proven as a painkiller for animals.

Los Angeles veterinarian Doug Kramer in 2013 said that pot helped ease his Siberian husky’s pain during her final weeks, after she had surgery to remove tumors.

Kramer said cannabis helped his dog, Nikita, gain weight and live an extra six weeks before she was euthanized.

“I grew tired of euthanizing pets when I wasn’t doing everything I could to make their lives better,” Kramer said.

“I felt like I was letting them down,” he added.

The proposal is in its earliest stages and faces several legislative hurdles before it can become law.

The pot for pets provision is part of a larger bill that would overhaul the state’s medical marijuana law, removing penalties for drivers who have marijuana in their blood and requiring training for pot-shop owners.

Segerblom said he added the provision after being approached by a constituent.

State Senator Mark Manendo, an animal rights advocate, said he had not heard of the practice of giving marijuana to animals and is concerned about its safety.

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