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.
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 reported.
“As the seizures got worse, we had to move to Colorado to get cannabis because it’s illegal in Texas,” Bortell said.
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.
One pediatrician presented her with a different option, medicinal marijuana, but it would ultimately require her to leave Texas.
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.
“I’d say it`s a lot better than brain surgery,” Bortell said.
“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.
Marijuana has long been classified 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.
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