Amidst continuing debates over the merits of medical marijuana use in the U.S., a new legislation aims to provide the same treatment to animals.
According to a news item, a new measure sponsored by Democratic Sen. Tick Segerblom provides pet owners access to medical marijuana to be administered to their pets diagnosed with diseases curable by the drug. A prescription must be obtained from the veterinarian, who will certify that the pet has a sickness that medical marijuana is known to alleviate. The measure forms part of a comprehensive bill to update existing medical marijuana bill in Nevada.
Despite this bit of good news for marijuana advocates and pet lovers, Segerblom said that no studies have proven that medical marijuana is safe for animals. In fact, while many veterinarians around the country have administered marijuana to sick pets, using the drug as a painkiller is not yet scientifically proven.
The proposal doesn’t come without criticism. Fellow Democrat Sen. Mark Manendo is worried about the safety of marijuana on pet health, stating further that animals are sensitive to many things that humans can ingest normally. “Alcohol is bad, chocolate is bad for dogs,” said Manendo.