A 12-year-old is coming up against AG Sessions and the federal government, demanding her right to access MMJ, and it looks on first glance like she has a good case.
Alexis Bortell, the 12-year-old at the center of the case, has suffered epilepsy from a young age. Alexis grew up in Texas, where doctors had run out of available treatments for her seizures and were suggesting invasive brain surgery as an alternative. One doctor mentioned that although they couldn’t access treatment in the state, medical marijuana might be a less-invasive alternative. After relocating to Colorado to get access and 2 1/2 years seizure-free thanks to morning and evening oral ingestion of THC oil, Alexis and her family are demanding that the federal government do something to change this.
Alexis would like to be able to visit her family in Texas, but cannot do so and continue to take her medicine without the threat of being taken from her family and the treatment that has changed her life. Alexis, and her family, are arguing that medical marijuana should be re-scheduled and effectively legalized across the country.
“As it pertains to cannabis, the (Controlled Substances Act) is irrational and thus unconstitutional,” said Bortell’s New York-based lawyer, Michael Hiller. “[The Government] made a representation that cannabis has medical application for the treatments of Parkinson`s Disease, HIV-induced dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease and yet at the same time the United States government maintains that there is absolutely no medical benefit for the use of cannabis. That is of course absurd.”
Whether or not the case will be successful is hard to say; the current federal government is resistant to medical marijuana, with the Attorney General likening it to heroin and stating it has no medical value whatsoever. At the same time, research is mounting against those claims, and 29 states plus the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis in some form. Bortell is joined in the lawsuit by another child, a military veteran, a marijuana advocacy group, and former Broncos player Marvin Washington.