November 12, 2017
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.
<p>Bortell and her parents moved to the state from Texas in order to legally receive a strain of medicinal marijuana to help her battle epilepsy, KDVR <a href="http://kdvr.com/2017/11/09/colorado-girl-suing-us-attorney-general-to-legalize-medical-marijuana-nationwide/?ref=hvper.com">reported</a>.</p><p>"As the seizures got worse, we had to move to Colorado to get cannabis because it's illegal in Texas," Bortell said.</p><p>While her family lived in Texas, Bortell said traditional medicine did little to help the seizures she suffers from, and doctors had recommended brain surgery, KDVR reported.</p><p>One pediatrician presented her with a different option, medicinal marijuana, but it would ultimately require her to leave Texas.</p><p>After the family moved, the sixth-grader was treated with a medicinal marijuana strain titled "Haleigh's Hope." With just a single drop in the morning, and at night, Bortell hasn't suffered a seizure for a little more than two years, KDVR reported.</p><p>"I'd say it`s a lot better than brain surgery," Bortell said.</p><p>"I would like to be able to visit my grandparents without risking being taken to a foster home," Bortell said, when asked why she joined the lawsuit.</p><p>Marijuana has long been <a href="https://www.dea.gov/druginfo/ds.shtml">classified</a> by the Drug Enforcement Agency as a Schedule I narcotic, placing it in the same category as ecstacy, and LSD. Marijuana is listed as more dangerous than Schedule II narcotics such as cocaine, and methamphetamine.</p><p>"How is that rationale? It's not compassionate either, but rationality? It's just outrageous," the girl's father, Dean Bortell, said. "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?"</p><p>While medical marijuana has been legalized in 29 states, as well as Washington D.C., it's still federally illegal.</p><p>Along with Bortell in the lawsuit is another child, a military veteran, a marijuana advocacy group and former Denver Broncos football player Marvin Washington, KDVR reported.</p><p>While the lawsuit is certainly a long shot, it represents a larger progressive push for marijuana whether it's for recreational use or medicinal use.</p><p>Sessions has a <a href="https://www.salon.com/2017/09/14/legal-weed-doesnt-hurt-youth-outcomes-jeff-sessions-doesnt-care/">well-known record</a> of being opposed to marijuana in any capacity, <a href="https://www.salon.com/2017/06/17/jeff-sessions-medical-marijuana-memo-is-not-what-america-needs_partner/">even for medicinal</a> purposes. His position on marijuana is starkly contrasted by public opinion, as <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomangell/2017/10/25/poll-legal-marijuana-support-at-record-high-in-u-s/#3266b59143ff">64 percent</a> of Americans support the legalization of marijuana, an all-time high.</p><p>The numbers for medicinal marijuana are even higher, as <a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/support-for-marijuana-legalization-at-all-time-high/">88 percent</a> of Americans believe it should be legal.</p>
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