Nevada Considers Legalizing Medical Marijuana for Pets

A controversial bill has been introduced in the Nevada Legislature that might legalize the use of marijuana for pets. The measure is sponsored by democratic Senator Tick Segerblom, and would allow veterinarians to prescribe marijuana for pets.

Veterinarians would be required to certify that the animal suffers from an illness that could be improved through use of the drug.

While the potential harm or benefit to animals is relatively unknown—particularly because some animals might have adverse reactions to the drug—Segerblom said “you don’t know until you try.”

Some veterinarians and pet owners have reported positive results from administering pot to their animals.

One such veterinarian, Doug Kramer, said that it eased his dog’s pain during her final weeks—after having undergone a painful surgery to remove tumors.

In 2013, Kramer told The Associated Press:

“I grew tired of euthanizing pets when I wasn’t doing everything I could to make their lives better. I felt like I was letting them down.”

The proposal is part of a larger bill that addresses Nevada’s medical marijuana law. The bill would remove penalties for drivers with marijuana in their blood, and require training for pot dispensaries.

Still in the beginning stages, it might be a long time before the bill could become law.