Legal cannabis advocates are intent on getting heard and some are taking legal actions to push for federal decriminalization. This includes 12 year old Alexis Bortell who sued US Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the issue.
Bortell, along with former NFL player Marvin Washington, her father, and other plaintiffs submitted the suit to the Southern District of New York in July as part of their collective goal to usher nationwide legalization of medical marijuana. Aside from Sessions, the case was also filed against the US Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The suit stated that it “stands to benefit tens of millions of Americans who require, but are unable to safely obtain, Cannabis for the treatment of their illnesses, diseases and medical conditions.”
A personal appeal
Bortell has been suffering from epilepsy since she was 7. After exhausting all other forms of federally-approved treatments, her family found out about cannabis. When they were finally able to try a form of marijuana, the girl “found immediate relief from her seizures.” Eventually, her family had to move to Colorado from their home in Texas just so they can obtain medical cannabis treatment in the state where the drug is legal.
“Since being on whole-plant medical Cannabis, Bortell has gone more than two years seizure-free,” the suit stated.
The suit furthermore contended that although Bortell plans to attend college in her native home in Texas, she won’t be able to return given her condition and the legal limitations in the state.