A 12 Year Old Girl Is Suing Jeff Sessions To Have Cannabis Legalized Nationwide
Twelve-year-old Alexis Bortell is suing Jeff Sessions, the Department of Justice, and the Drug Enforcement Agency to legalize cannabis across the nation.
Bortell suffers from epilepsy, which she developed at the age of seven. She suffered from several seizures per day. All FDA-approved medications failed to improve her condition, leading doctors to consider brain surgery.
However, when she tried whole plant cannabis oil, her life was forever changed. Bortell experienced "immediate relief from her seizures," after using the strain "Haleigh's Hope" to treat her seizures. The strain comes in the form of liquid THC drops that she takes twice a day.
The Bortell family moved from their home state of Texas to Colorado so that Alexis could access the life-altering medicine she needed. Since then, she has been seizure-free for two-and-a-half years. However, Alexis is unable to travel back to her home state of Texas or any other state where cannabis remains illegal.
"I would like to be able to visit my grandparents without risking being taken into a foster home," she said.
Cannabis is classified as a Schedule I drug. Despite substantial evidence in favor of the medical benefits of marijuana, the federal government maintains the opposite with its scheduling of the plant. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been particularly outspoken in demonizing the plant.
“As it pertains to cannabis, the (Controlled Substances Act) is irrational and thus unconstitutional,” Bortell’s attorney, Michael Hiller, told Fox 31 Denver. He added that the government has “made a representation that cannabis has medical application for the treatments of Parkinson`s Disease, HIV-induced dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease and yet at the same time the United States government maintains that there is absolutely no medical benefit for the use of cannabis. That is of course absurd.”
The federal government has already unsuccessfully attempted to have the case dismissed.
Although it is unlikely that the suit will be successful, it is also unlikely that the government will be able to prove that marijuana has no medicinal value.
More and more Americans are becoming aware of the irrational nature of the government's war on marijuana. Veterans in Indiana have recently joined the ranks, advocating for the medical use of cannabis. And they are not alone. Numerous Americans like Alexis find substantial relief through cannabis use for conditions no other medications have been able to relieve. If anything, suing Jeff Sessions will likely draw some much-needed attention to the unconstitutional nature of the government's scheduling of cannabis.
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