Chronically ill girl sues U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions over medical marijuana legalization

Chronically ill girl sues U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions over medical marijuana legalization

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Alexis Bortell has filed a lawsuit against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding medical marijuana legalization. Due to legal restrictions, the 12-year-old, who turned to medical marijuana to control her seizure disorder, is unable to return home to her native Texas to visit family. "I would like to be able to visit my grandparents without risking being taken to a foster home," she told KDVR . Her parents are backing her all the way. Since the 1970s, marijuana has been classified as a Schedule One drug in Texas, ranking it alongside heroin. Bortell’s father, Dean Bortell, told KDVR he doesn’t understand that logic. "How is that rationale? It’s not compassionate either, but rationality? It’s just outrageous," he said. The 12-year-old and her parents were forced to uproot their lives, moving from Texas to Colorado for access to medical marijuana to help control her epilepsy, according to KDVR. "As the seizures got worse, we had to move to Colorado to get cannabis because it’s illegal in Texas," she explained. "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? How could you possibly look at someone who’s benefiting from this as a medicine and threaten to take it away?" Alexis isn’t the only one suing the government over access to medical marijuana. 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. Although their reasoning is sound, Denver attorney Adam Foster told the outlet there’s little chance they’ll see any change brought about as a result. Alexis Bortell, a 12-year-old forced to relocate with her family to access medical marijuana, is suing U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions. "Whenever you sue […]

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