MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The Mexican government is letting the parents of two more sick girls import a cannabis-derived medicine for their treatment.
The Federal Health Commission says in a statement that it has authorized the parents' requests to bring hemp oil into the country.
In a landmark decision last year, a judge ordered the government to allow the parents of another girl suffering from a severe form of epilepsy to import a similar product.
That ruling did not establish a general legal right to import medical marijuana.
But the new approvals announced Monday indicate a willingness to OK such petitions without an explicit court order to do so. The commission says it aims to "accelerate patients' access to alternative treatments."
Last week, Mexico launched a formal debate on the use of medicinal marijuana.
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