Judge OKs medical marijuana use in Mexico for 1st time

A Mexican judge has granted a couple permission to import a marijuana-derived compound to treat the frequent seizures of their eight-year old daughter, an unprecedented ruling in the Latin American country, the family's attorney told EFE.

"It's a watershed in our country because the marijuana issue in our country has been very complicated. What makes this significant is the departure from a policy of prohibiting all cannabis-related conduct," Fabian Aguinaco said Tuesday.

Martin Santos, a federal judge, on Aug. 17 granted an "amparo" request to the parents of Graciela Elizalde Benavides, a decision that forces authorities to allow them to import a medication containing cannabidiol, a prohibited substance under Mexico's General Health Law.

The writ of amparo is a judicial mechanism in Mexico that dates back to the mid-19th century and is intended to ensure protection for individuals' constitutional rights.

The family's attorneys argued that articles of that law are...

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