US 12-Year-Old Sues Jeff Sessions to Legalize Medical Marijuana

06:21  14 november  2017
06:21  14 november  2017 Source:   NBC News

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A 12 - year - old girl who uses cannabis oil to treat her seizures is suing Attorney General Jeff Sessions over what the lawsuit calls an unconstitutional federal prohibition on medical marijuana . Meanwhile, medical marijuana has been legalized on the state level by 29 states and Washington, D.C.

U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions keeps hinting that he's going to wage war against marijuana in states that have legalized it, and he probably would have started it by now if he wasn't so busy trying to weasel out of the Russia/perjury bind he got himself into. Meanwhile a 12 - year - old girl, Alexis Bortell

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Like most 12-year-olds, Alexis Bortell is an energetic and loves to read, write and explore her family's 35-acre farm in Colorado.

But Alexis isn't most 12-year-olds.

She's written a book, takes cannabis oil daily and is challenging the U.S. Controlled Substance Act by suing Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Approximately three years ago Alexis had to leave her home in Texas in order to treat her severe form of epilepsy — known as intractable epilepsy — with cannabis.

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Alexis Bortell, a 12 - year - old girl who lives in Colorado, is suing Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the nation's federal prohibition of medical marijuana . While medical marijuana has been legalized in 29 states, as well as Washington D.C., it's still federally illegal.

She’s probably a 50 year old Democrat Party activist who just wants all kids to be drug addicts so they can get welfare and spend it on more drugs! Cannabis was instrumental in my recovery from cancer, no two ways about it. And Sessions can eat shit and die, thanks for reading…

Now she's suing Sessions so that others like her won't have to leave their home in fear of retribution from the federal government if they, too, use medical marijuana.

"She just wants to be like everybody else," Alexis' father Dean Bortell told NBC News. "When she grows up she wants to be free to choose where she lives and what she does for a living. She wants to be treated like American citizen and not just a state citizen. She doesn't want to have to fear going to jail every time she sees a police officer."

The suit aims to prove that the Controlled Substances Act, the statute governing federal U.S. drug policy, is unconstitutional as it relates to marijuana, according to Alexis' attorney, Michael S. Hiller.

Joining in on the suit with Alexis are plaintiffs Marvin Washington, a former NFL lineman, Jose Belen, an Army veteran, and Jagger Cotte, a 6-year-old Georgia boy with Leigh syndrome, all of whom use medicinal cannabis. Cannabis Cultural Association, LLC is also named as a plaintiff, according to court documents.

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"Our objective is to have the Controlled Substances Act as it pertains to Cannabis declared unconstitutional so that Alexis, Jagger, Jose and the millions of other Americans who require medical Cannabis can live healthy and productive lives," Hiller said.

The U.S. Department of Justice, which has filed a memorandum in support of a motion to dismiss the case, declined to comment to NBC News. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Related: Cannabis Drug Reduces Seizures in Severe Epilepsy Cases

Moving to Colorado, where medical marijuana is legal, is what first allowed Alexis to start experiencing the near-normal childhood she's living today.

Alexis, who has experienced seizures since she was 7, takes two doses of cannabis oil a day and keeps a THC spray called Cannatol Rx on her at all times. THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, is the active ingredient in marijuana that makes people feel "high." The Cannatol Rx acts like a rescue inhaler or an EpiPen to stop an oncoming seizure if Alexis begins seeing spots before her eyes — her body's warning a seizure is around the corner.

12-year-old suing Sessions over marijuana policy

  12-year-old suing Sessions over marijuana policy A 12-year-old girl in Colorado is suing Attorney General Jeff Sessions over what the lawsuit claims is an unconstitutional federal prohibition on medical marijuana. Alexis Bortell, who uses a strain of cannabis oil called Haleigh's Hope to keep seizures at bay, told Fox 31 in Denver that she hopes the lawsuit will at least normalize medical marijuana. Her best hope, she said, is that it will legalize it nationwide.

A 12 - year - old girl suffering from epilepsy is suing Attorney General Jeff Sessions in order to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes on a federal level. But then, a pediatrician advised her family that they could take advantage of an out-of-state option to treat the epilepsy with medical marijuana

Epileptic girl sues Sessions to legalize medical marijuana … A 12 - year - old girl suffering from epilepsy is suing Attorney General Jeff Sessions in order to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes on a federal level. …

A complaint filed in the U.S. District Court Southern District of New York in July says that Alexis ran the gamut of prescription pills, all of which failed to control her seizures before she was left with two options: brain surgery or cannabis.

Marijuana has prevented Alexis from having a seizure for about three years, her family says, and although she's able to live uninhibited by seizures, she is still restricted by federal law.

"She didn't just lose her state," Dean Bortell said. "She lost her home."

Because marijuana is a "schedule one" drug, categorized with other drugs like heroin by the federal government, Alexis can't use her medication on federal property.

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That means, as the daughter of two veterans, she can't go onto a military base and take part in programs or use benefits she's entitled to because she needs her Cannatol Rx with her at all times. She also can't visit national parks or go to Disney World.

Additionally, Alexis can't spend Christmas with her elderly grandparents in Texas. If she returned to Texas with her Cannatol Rx, Alexis' parents could potentially lose custody of her.

Alexis and her family hope if the suit is successful, national parks and holidays in Texas will become part of her reality.

"She's a little kid that survived big-world knocks and is still standing," Dean Bortell said.

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