Girl, 12, suing to legalize medical marijuana nationwide

Alexis Bortell

Alexis Bortell

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is being sued by a 12-year-old Colorado girl suffering from epilepsy who aims to legalize medical marijuana nationwide.

Although marijuana has been legalized in medical use for some states in the USA, this lawsuit wants to achieve a nationwide legalizing. Her family took the information and left their home in Texas in search of cannabis.

Alexis, whose family moved to Colorado from Texas to take advantage of the state's legalization of recreational and medical marijuana, had been suffering since she was 7 from a form of epilepsy that can not be safely controlled with FDA-approved treatments and procedures, the lawsuit says.

"As the seizures got worse, we had to move to Colorado to get cannabis because it's illegal in Texas", she explained.

"I'd say it's a lot better than brain surgery", Bortell told KDVR.

"I would like to be able to visit my grandparents without risking being taken to a foster home", Bortell said on why she chose to join the lawsuit.

Though Bortell's health improved, the federal prohibition of marijuana has proven to be a roadblock in other parts of her life.

Marijuana is now classified as a Schedule I drug by the Drug Enforcement Agency. "They've been open to approving research protocols into Schedule I drugs", said Burge.

So far, only 29 states have legalised medical marijuana. Marijuana is approximately 114 times safer than the two most popular recreational drugs, which are mysteriously missing from the DEA's list: alcohol and tobacco cigarettes.

Her father, Dean Bortell said that he doesn't understand or support the archaic laws of Texas, and how come cannabis is still a Schedule 1 drug, just like heroin.

"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?"

Michael Hiller, Bortell's lawyer, also criticized what he believed to be an inconsistency in the application of the "irrational" and "unconstitutional" Controlled Substances Act.

Marijuana now sits in the most restrictive category according to the Controlled Substance Act - Schedule I. This places marijuana in the same boat as heroin, which significantly limits the amount of medical cannabis research that can be conducted. That is of course absurd. She's joined in her lawsuit by another child, a military veteran, a marijuana advocacy group and ex-Denver Broncos player Marvin Washington, KDVR reported.

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