A 12-year-old girl who was forced to move to Colorado to begin cannabis oil treatments for seizures has filed a lawsuit against Attorney General Jeff Sessions claiming that federal marijuana rules are unconstitutional and harm patients who seek marijuana-based treatments.
Alexis Bortell, who uses a strain of cannabis oil called Haleigh’s Hope to control her seizures, told Fox 31 in Denver that she hopes the lawsuit will legalize medical marijuana nationwide.
“As the seizures got worse, we had to move to Colorado to get cannabis because it’s illegal in Texas,” said Bortell.
The sixth-grader explained that traditional medicines weren’t helping her seizures and doctors in her home state were recommending invasive brain surgery.
That’s when a pediatrician advised her family that they could take advantage of an out-of-state option to treat the epilepsy with medical marijuana.
In the 2 1/2 years Bortell has been taking a drop of liquid THC in the morning and at night, she has remained seizure-free.
“I’d say it`s a lot better than brain surgery,” Bortell said.
Bortell laments that the federal prohibition on marijuana prevents her from returning to Texas.
“I would like to be able to visit my grandparents without risking being taken to a foster home,” Bortell said on why she’s joined a lawsuit that seeks to legalize medical marijuana on the federal level.
Marijuana is currently classified as a Schedule One drug, given the same classification as heroin, and considered more dangerous than substances, like cocaine, meth and fentanyl, an often-deadly synthetic opioid.
“How is that rationale? It’s not compassionate either, but rationality? It’s just outrageous,” said Alexis’ dad Dean Bortell.
Medical marijuana has so far been legalized in 29 states and Washington, D.C.