A bill was introduced on Tuesday in the Nevada Legislature would allow animal owners to obtain cannabis if a vet confirms it “may mitigate the symptoms or effects” of a chronic or debilitating illness.
Senator Tick Segerblom, a Democrat sponsoring the bill after being approached by a constituent, said he is concerned that some species may have an adverse reaction but “you don’t know if you try”.
Mark Manendo, another Nevada senator and animal rights campaigner, said he had never heard of pets being prescribed marijuana and was worried about its safety.
Some people who have given cannabis to sick and dying pets claim it relieved their symptoms, although the drug has not been proven as a painkiller for animals.
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 tumours. [Read more at The Independent]