This question is a follow-up to the question asked here.
I prefer not to live in the conda environment that ships with ArcGIS Pro. In ArcGIS Desktop, I could simply copy a single .pth file to any other Python installation and then import arcpy from consoles and within scripts. At some point, this stopped working in ArcGIS Pro.
An Esri staff member previously indicated that the process of making arcpy accessible in this way would be simplified in ArcGIS Pro 2.1. Is there any update on this topic? Has anyone managed to import arcpy from ArcGIS Pro in this manner?