12-year-old sues Jeff Sessions over medical marijuana

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"I would like to be able to visit my grandparents without risking being taken to a foster home", she said.

"As the seizures got worse, we had to move to Colorado to get Cannabis because it's illegal in Texas", explained Bortell, who was diagnosed with epilepsy as a young child.

Alexis Bortell, a 12-year-old forced to relocate with her family to access medical marijuana, is suing U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions.

"I'd say it's a lot better than brain surgery", Alexis said.

While her treatment is working, Alexis is fighting to make it so others like her don't have to uproot their lives and move to a different state to use cannabis as a medical treatment.


The suit contends that Alexis won't be able to return to her native Texas where she hopes to attend college because she would be subject to arrest if she continued to use marijuana to control her seizures. At this moment, Texas does have a law on medical marijuana under The Compassionate Use Act signed by Gov. Greg Abbott in 2015.

At the heart of the lawsuit is that while 29 states and three USA territories have cleared cannabis for medical use, the federal government still classifies it as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substance Act According to the Drug Enforcement Agency's schedule (created in 1971), it means cannabis has "high potential for abuse" and "no now accepted medical use in treatment in the United States".

"How is that rationale?"

Whether she's successful in suing Sessions or not, Alexis is just hoping to spread awareness and be looked at like everyone else.

"When you look at it from a distance and you see it saving their lives, me as a father and an American, I go, what are we doing?"


He noted, however, that it will be a challenge for government officials to argue that there is no medical benefit to the use of marijuana.

"This lawsuit stands to benefit tens of millions of Americans who require, but are unable to safely obtain, Cannabis for the treatment of their illnesses, diseases and medical conditions", the lawsuit reads, according to Slate. That is of course absurd.

National restrictions on marijuana use have always been stupid and hypocritical.

A 12-year-old is leading a daunting legal battle against the Justice Department of the United States of America.

The federal government has lost its first motion to have the case dismissed. Joining her on the lawsuit, NBC reports, are fellow cannabis users Marvin Washington, a former National Football League lineman; Jose Belen, a veteran of the Army; and Jagger Cotte, a 6-year-old boy who has Leigh syndrome.


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