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Medical Marijuana For Pets May Become Law In Nevada

03/17/2015 05:01 EDT | Updated 05/17/2015 05:12 EDT
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A cat smells packages of marijuana seized in the municipality of Tulua, and displayed in Cali for a press conference on February 15, 2012. Colombian National Police confiscated 3.6 tons of marijuana belonging to criminal gangs. AFP PHOTO/Luis ROBAYO (Photo credit should read LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)
CARSON CITY, Nev. - A Nevada senator has introduced a bill that would allow pets to use pot.

Democratic Sen. Tick Segerblom is sponsoring the bill that was introduced Tuesday.

SB372 calls on state officials to issue medical marijuana cards for animals if the animal's owner is a Nevada resident and a veterinarian certifies that the animal has an illness that might be alleviated by marijuana.

Segerblom says the provision is part of a larger bill that cleans up the state's medical marijuana statute.

Sen. Mark Manendo, a fellow Democrat and animal rights advocate, says he's concerned that marijuana might not be a safe treatment for sick animals.

Segerblom says he's also concerned that marijuana might have adverse effects on animals, but he says veterinarians won't know unless they try.