12-year-old girl suing to legalize marijuana nationwide

Elias Hubbard
November 14, 2017

But Alexis says the federal law restricting marijuana use prevents her from returning to her old home in Texas.

"I would like to be able to visit my grandparents without risking being taken to a foster home", she said, speaking of how she was now unable to return to Texas due to federal drug laws.

Her parents are backing her all the way.

Since the 1970s, the Drug Enforcement Agency has classified marijuana as a Schedule One drug, which means it's considered a drug that poses a safety issue, has the potential for abuse and has no medicinal goal or use.

"How is that rationale? It's just outrageous", he said.

Alexis, whose family moved to Colorado from Texas to take advantage of the state's legalization of recreational and medical marijuana, had been suffering since she was 7 from a form of epilepsy that can not be safely controlled with FDA-approved treatments and procedures, the lawsuit says. It has been 2 years without having a seizure, compared to the time before the Cannabis treatment, when she would have more seizures in a single day.

"When you look at it from a distance, and you see it saving their lives, me as a father and an American, I go, what are we doing?" Bortell is not alone in her legal quest to find more feasible and legal means to obtain medical help for her epilepsy; she is joined by plaintiffs like former football player for San Francisco 49ers', Marvin Washington, and a military veteran among others. She could, technically, be removed from her family and placed with child protective services.

12-year-old Alexis Bortell, who suffers from childhood epilepsy, just served U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions with a lawsuit.

"Whenever you sue the government, the deck is really stacked against you", he said.

But, now that she's on the stuff, Bortell is essentially trapped in Colorado or the other 29 states that allow medical marijuana usage. Staying in Texas, her only options were an invasive brain surgery, or accepting the recurring seizures.

After moving to Larkspur, Colorado, Bortell started a therapy of cannabis oil called Haleigh's Hope.

However, we've got our eye on one company that is leading the medical marijuana space right now - regardless of what category marijuana sits in.

The sixth grader is given a drop of liquid THC in the morning and another at night. But Bortell told Fox News affiliate KDVR that she would like to move back to the Lone Star State in order to pursue college and be closer to her family members.

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