12-year-old suing Sessions over marijuana policy (Details)

Credit: Left: Twitter/AlexisBortell Right: Mediaite

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is being sued by a 12-year-old girl from Colorado, Alexis Bortell.

Bortell, who uses a cannabis oil strain called Haleigh’s Hope to help her seizures, filed a lawsuit that claims that the federal prohibition on marijuana is unconstitutional. She hopes that the lawsuit will help normalize and would eventually legalize marijuana.

Bortell was diagnosed with epilepsy has tried traditional medicines but it was not helping. So her family decided to move to Colorado from Texas so they can legally obtain cannabis oil.




She stated, “As the seizures got worse, we had to move to Colorado to get cannabis because it’s illegal in Texas.”

Some doctors in Texas have even suggested that she should have brain surgery instead rather than using the drug. But one drop of liquid THC twice a day has kept her seizures at bay for two-and-a-half years.

Bortell asserted, “I’d say it’s a lot better than brain surgery.”

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She added, “I would like to be able to visit my grandparents without risking being taken to a foster home.”

Marijuana is currently classified as a Schedule One drug, which is the same classification as heroin, meth, cocaine, and fentanyl. However, Bortell and others have said that marijuana has medical benefits and current federal prohibition ignores the people that have been helped by the drug.




So far, medical marijuana has been legalized in 29 states and Washington D.C. However, it is still prohibited on a federal level. But there are certain protections are in place to prevent the Justice Department from prosecuting medical marijuana user where the drug is legal.

Sessions is notorious for his opposition to marijuana, even for medicinal purposes. His stance on marijuana does not align with the majority of the public, as 64 percent of Americans support marijuana legalization.

 

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