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US Attorney General Jeff Sessions Sued Over Medical Marijuana

15 November 2017

Alexis Bortell, 12, is suing US Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the US' marijuana policy.

"As the seizures got worse, we had to move to Colorado to get cannabis because it's illegal in Texas", she explained.

Whether she's successful in suing Sessions or not, Alexis is just hoping to spread awareness and be looked at like everyone else.

She says she prefers the oil over brain surgery. The Cannabis Cultural Association is also named as a plaintiff, according to court documents.

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"Our objective is to have the Controlled Substances Act as it pertains to cannabis declared unconstitutional so that Alexis, Jagger, Jose and the millions of other Americans who require medical cannabis can live healthy and productive lives", Alexis's attorney Michael S. Hiller told NBC.

Alexis Bortell has filed a lawsuit against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding medical marijuana legalization.

Alexis is one of the Americans that had to move to Colorado so that she would have the treatment. Her daily schedule now consists of a drop of a cannabis oil in the morning and a drop at night, and it's left her seizure-free for two-and-a-half years.

At the heart of the lawsuit is that while 29 states and three USA territories have cleared cannabis for medical use, the federal government still classifies it as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substance Act According to the Drug Enforcement Agency's schedule (created in 1971), it means cannabis has "high potential for abuse" and "no now accepted medical use in treatment in the United States".

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NBC News reports Alexis uses a THC spray called Cannatol Rx, which helps prevent seizures when she feels them coming on.

But because some states have approved marijuana for medical and other purposes while others haven't, a disparity exists that would keep patients who use cannabis therapy from moving to or traveling in states where the drug is still illegal. "I would like to be able to visit my grandparents without risking being taken to a foster home", she told Rolling Stone. "How could you possibly look at someone who's benefiting from this as a medicine and threaten to take it away?" said Dean Bortell. "She lost her home".

That means, as the daughter of two veterans, she can't go onto a military base and take part in programs or use benefits she's entitled to because she needs her Cannatol Rx with her at all times. He also conceded that cannabis is not as risky as heroin and that a current budget rider prevents the Department of Justice from prosecuting people who are in compliance with state medical marijuana laws. If she returned to Texas with her Cannatol Rx, Alexis' parents could potentially lose custody of her.

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US Attorney General Jeff Sessions Sued Over Medical Marijuana