Legalize It: 12-Year-Old Suing U.S. Attorney General
Growing her medical marijuana and suing the U.S. attorney general? It seems that Alexis Bortell, the 12-year-old who recently moved to Colorado with her family, is far from the typical, everyday kid. Bortell, who has been fighting epilepsy from a young age, claims that she and her family were forced to move to Colorado because cannabis — the only natural treatment for her condition — is illegal in the state of Texas.
Bortell further explains that her condition started getting worse two years ago and that the generic medicine was not helping in the slightest. Epilepsy-induced seizures got to the point that the doctors started mentioning the option of invasive surgery of the brain. However, Bortell’s life turned around when she was recommended an all-natural method of treatment — medical cannabis.
After the Bortells got settled in Larkspur, they discovered Haleigh’s Hope — a specific strain of cannabis oil. According to the girl, a single drop of the liquid in the morning and before bed successfully kept her seizure-free for years without having to resort to brain surgery.
On the other hand, since the treatment is illegal in Texas, Bortell cannot go back to visit her grandparents, whom she claims she deeply misses. When asked why she joined a lawsuit to legalize medical cannabis nationwide, Bortell answered that she would love to see her grandparents without the risk of being forced to stay in a foster home.
Unfortunately, the Drug Enforcement Agency in the States has classified cannabis as a Schedule One drug since the 1970s. According to these claims, the federal policy considers cannabis more life-threatening than cocaine, heroin, or meth. The girl’s father, Dean Bortell, is appalled with the law, claiming that the whole thing is outrageous. He took the interviewer through his family’s backyard fields, where the Bortells grow cannabis plants for Alexis and other individuals in need.
Although suing the government might not yield any results, the representative of cannabis businesses in Denver, Adam Foster, claims that the lawsuit is a smart idea. Furthermore, Foster added that the government may have difficulties in arguing against the known medical benefits of cannabis.
Even though the odds of making any significant changes in the policy with this lawsuit are slim, the brave girl remains optimistic and hopes that other families out there (including her own) will be able to treat this illness in the near future. The latest information claims that the government has failed to get the case dismissed; hence, there will be more updates coming soon.