Witnessing your pet endure a disease and contemplating the best way to end their suffering can be heart-wrenching, and one of the hardest experiences to go through in life. Losing a pet is like losing a family member for most people, and knowing that you did everything in your power to end your pet's pain, is the least you can do for one of your loved ones, even if your solution is still federally illegal.
New legislation proposed in Nevada this week, could bring pet owners one step closer to offering alternative pain relief for their furry family members. According to the L.A. Times, Democratic Sen. Tick Segerblom's SB 372, is asking the state of Nevada to allow pet owners to give their sick pets medical marijuana, even for illnesses that may not be deadly.
"People these days believe that marijuana can cure everything under the sun," said Segerblom, "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."
The bill was proposed from the perspective of current medical marijuana laws in the state which already allow the use of cannabis for people with medical conditions. If people can use it, why not their pets?
That's exactly the mindset of one marijuana company based out of Washington. Canna Companion already produces medical grade marijuana for dogs and cats that provides relief ranging from pet anxiety to cancer. Rather than having your pet smoke marijuana from one of your favorite glass pipes
, the company provides medical marijuana in the form of edibles and tinctures that offer alternative forms of natural pain relief. The company claims certain chemicals found it pot can actually be detrimental to your pet's health, and that's why they advocate not "blowing marijuana smoke in your pet's face or administering human medical grade Cannabis to pets."
Canna Companion may not be a bad business model to follow, for businesses in Nevada wanting to capitalize on the success of this newly proposed marijuana reform. As of now however, pet owners in Nevada will have to wait until recreational marijuana gets passed on next year's ballot, or if the Senate approves Segerblom's bill at an earlier date.
"This could be a whole new industry."