Nevada legislatures introduced a bill recently that would allow pet owners to obtain medical marijuana for their pets.
Animal rights campaigner senator Mark Manendo was worried about its safety and effect on pets. A sponsor of the bill Senator Tick Segerblom, was also worried about the adverse effects it might have on pets ; “But you don’t know if you try”he said in response to a constituent’s worries on potential side effects on some species.
The medicine will be available if a qualified Vet determines that it might mitigate the symptoms or effects of an illness or chronic condition.
Doug Kramer, a vet from Los Angeles told the Associated Press in 2013 that it helped ease his Siberian husky’s pain during her final weeks, following surgery to remove several tumors.
Nikita gained weight and lived an extra six weeks before she was put down, he claimed.
“I grew tired of euthanising pets when I wasn’t doing everything I could to make their lives better,” Mr Kramer said. “I felt like I was letting them down.”
The proposal is in its earliest stages and faces several hurdles before it could become law.
The “pot for pets” provision is part of a larger bill that would overhaul Nevada’s medical marijuana law, removing penalties for drivers who have it in their bloodstream and requiring training for cannabis shop owners. It comes after a growing number of US states relaxed laws around the drug.
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