By Salon. MEXICO CITY (AP) — A senator from President Enrique Pena Nieto’s governing party introduced a bill Tuesday that would allow patients easier access to cannabis-based medicines, a week after a ruling by Mexico’s Supreme Court that cracked open a door to recreational marijuana use.
The measure does not propose wholesale legalization of medical marijuana but rather seeks to permit the importation of cannabis and derivatives for medicinal purposes. Domestic pot production would still be prohibited.
“This measure is responding to the urgent need to allow availability of medicines through importation,” said Sen. Cristina Diaz Salazar, a member of Pena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI.
Addressing about a dozen families of ill children during a news conference in the Senate building, Diaz Salazar said: “We know that this constitutes a hope for all of you to be able to mitigate the pain and suffering of your loved ones.”