On Monday, state legislators heard a bill that would allow veterinarians to administer or recommend cannabis products to a pet for any medical condition suffered by a domestic animal.
The measure, introduced by Democratic Assemblyman Steve Yeager, would protect Nevada veterinarians from disciplinary action for consulting with pet owners about the use of hemp and cannabis products or for administering products containing hemp or CBD oil containing no more than 0.3 percent THC.
“CBD for pets is not necessarily a new idea,” Yeager said at a hearing for the Assembly Committee on Commerce and Labor, but it is one that’s “time I believe has come for the State of Nevada.”
The market for products promising to alleviate pets’ pain with CBD oil or THC has grown — but Nevada veterinarians are currently operating in a legal gray area when talking about those products with their clients, and state law doesn’t explicitly allow veterinarians to discuss the pros and cons of the products with pet owners.
Over the years, the State of Nevada Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners has received inquiries from veterinarians and the public about confusion over whether veterinarians can recommend the use of such products, said the board’s executive director, Jennifer Pedigo.
“There isn’t a lot of clarification from the state and especially the federal government,” said Pedigo. “One of the most fundamental reasons for this bill is to allow practitioners who are informed about the risks and benefits of CBD to be able to make recommendations and have discussions about product safety.”
“There’s a lot of interest out there,” Pedigo said.
Republican Assemblywoman Jill Dickman, speaking in the bill’s favor, provided an anecdote about her own experience exploring CBD treatments for her pet Yorkie three years ago.
“I asked about CBD treatments and of course they could not guide me because it was illegal so I did it on my own. Not that I think it would save the dog, but I think her last days would have been far more comfortable,” Dickman said. “Much needed.”