- If passed, a Bill in Nevada would allow owners to give their pets marijuana if a vet certifies the pet has an illness that can be alleviated by the drug.
- Dr Robert Silver, President of the veterinary botanical association says that while medical marijuana shows some promise for alleviating pain and suffering in animals, owners and vets should proceed with caution.
- In particular, it has been shown that dogs react to THC (one of marijuana’s active ingredients) differently to humans because they have a high concentration of THC receptors in the back of their brains, which makes them susceptible to severe neurological effects and toxic reactions.
- Although the ‘pot for pets’ provision of SB372 is part of a larger bill that would overhaul Nevada’s existing medical marijuana laws, it is still in its early stages and would need to pass numerous legislative hurdles before it can become law.
- Technically, marijuana is a Class I narcotic under federal law which means that vets cannot prescribe it to their patients, even in states where medical marijuana is legal.