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New Bill Allows Sick Animals to Use Marijuana in Nevada

Mar 23, 2015 12:19 PM EDT


Pets in Nevada are luckier than their owners now. A new bill has been introduced by a Nevada senator, which allows pets to use pot. This bill is sponsored by Democratic Sen Tick Segerblom. This bill will allow animal owners to get pot if the animal is ill and can get better with the help of marijuana. For this, certification from a veterinarian is necessary.

"People these days believe that marijuana can cure everything under the sun," Segerblom said, "from the inability to eat if you're terminally ill to problems with your nervous system. So if your dog has a nerve disease or uncontrollable tremors, this might be able to help it."

According to the bill officials will issue medical marijuana cards for sick animals and will be available for only those who are Nevada residents and have their pet's illness certified by a veterinarian with proof that the illness can be cured by marijuana.

Even though it is not proven whether marijuana whether marijuana really cures illness in animals, some veterinarians say that they have tried cannabis on sick and dying pets with positive results. The effect of marijuana has eased the symptoms in animals but it is not sure whether it acts as a painkiller.

Doug Kramer, a veterinarian in Los Angeles told The Associated Press in 2013 that marijuana has helped reduce the pain of his Siberian husky.  He also added that his dog got well and gained weight before she breathed her last around six weeks later.

But Segerblom is apprehensive that the result may not be the same for every animal. Some may even have adverse effects. But "you don't know until you try," he added.

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