Imagine having seizure from the day you were born to the point where doctors were recommending that you have a brain surgery. Then at 10-years-old, another doctor suggested that you try medical marijuana. After turning to a Marijuana treatment you never had another seizure.
That is exactly the situation 12-year-old Alexis Bortell finds herself in. While marijuana has put a stopping to her seizures it has put her family under tremendous financial stress. Alexis, who lived in Texas with her parents had to move to Colorado to treat her epilepsy because marijuana is illegal in Texas and at the federal level.
“As the seizures got worse, we had to move to Colorado to get cannabis because it’s illegal in Texas,” Bortell said.
In Colorado, the sixth-grader is being treated with a medicinal marijuana strain called “Haleigh’s Hope.” With just a single puff in the mornings and one at nights, Bortell hasn’t suffered a seizure for since she was 10.
Now the 12-year-old is suing Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the nation’s federal prohibition of medical marijuana.
“I would like to be able to visit my grandparents without risking being taken to a foster home,” Bortell said, when asked why she filed the lawsuit.
Marijuana is classified as a dangerous narcotic by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
“How is that rationale? It’s not compassionate either, but rationality? It’s just outrageous,” Bortell’s father 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?”
Medical marijuana is legal in 12 states but with Jeff Sessions as the attorney general, it may be decades before we see it becoming legal at the federal level. As a matter of fact, Jeff Sessions once said he used to love the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) until he found out they used marijuana. Session might very well be the most anti-marijuana member of Donald Trump’s administration.
Support for marijuana among Americans is at a historical high. 64 percent of Americans want to see recreational marijuana legalized and legalization of medical marijuana is supported by a whopping 88 percent of Marijuana. Being anti-marijuana is the most anti-American one can be.