Bill would let sick pets use cannabis in Nevada

Proposed measure has several legislative hurdles to clear


CARSON CITY, Nevada Pets might soon be able to use marijuana under a bill introduced Tuesday in the Nevada Legislature.

Democratic Senator Tick Segerblom sponsored a measure that would allow animal owners to get marijuana for their pet if a veterinarian certifies the animal has an illness that might be alleviated by the drug, The Associated Press reported.

Segerblom told the AP that he's concerned that some animals might have adverse reactions, but "you don't know until you try," he said.

Some veterinarians who have given cannabis to sick and dying pets say it has relieved their symptoms, although the substance hasn't been proven as a painkiller for animals.

The proposal faces several legislative hurdles to clear before it could become law.