12-Year-Old Sues Attorney General Jeff Sessions to Legalize Medical Marijuana

12-Year-Old Sues Attorney General Jeff Sessions to Legalize Medical Marijuana

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Like most 12-year-olds, Alexis Bortell is energetic and loves to read, write and explore her family’s 35-acre farm in Colorado. But Alexis isn’t like 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. Now she’s suing Sessions so that others like her won’t have to leave home in fear of retribution from the federal government if they, too, use medical marijuana. Dean Bortell kisses his 11-year-old daughter, Alexis, as she waits to testify during a House committee hearing on March 6, 2017, in Denver. “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 an 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 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. The Cannabis Cultural Association is also named as a plaintiff, according to court documents. “Our objective is to have the Controlled Substances Act as it pertains to cannabis declared unconstitutional so that Alexis, Jagger, Jose […]

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