Mexico City mayor proposes legalizing cannabis-based drugs

FILE - In this April 7, 2015 file photo, a marijuana plant stands on display during a press presentation of a legal medicinal marijuana harvest in the La Florida municipality of Santiago, Chile. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has signed a decree that removes marijuana from the country's list of hard drugs. The decree also authorizes the sale of cannabis-derived medicines at pharmacies. The document hasn't been published officially, but a copy was obtained Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo, File)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City’s mayor is introducing a national initiative in congress to legalize cannabis-based medical treatments in the entire country.

Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera says the initiative would not legalize production or distribution of medical marijuana in Mexico, rather give Mexicans access to medicinal products manufactured outside the country.

He said Wednesday the initiative is a matter of public health and aimed to allow patients access to proven remedies that are legal in other countries for various illnesses and ailments.

Mancera said if morphine-based medicines are legal, cannabis-based medicines should be as well.

His proposal will require modifying two articles in the public health law, he said at a forum announcing the initiative.

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