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.