Girl, 12, suing to legalize medical marijuana nationwide

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The suit against the attorney general as well as the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Agency was filed in the Southern District of NY by Alexis Bortell, along with her father and other plaintiffs, including former National Football League player Marvin Washington, according to a report by ABC News.

Medical marijuana activist, user, and legalization poster child Alexis Bortell has filed a lawsuit against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding medical marijuana legalization.

Bortell has been suffering with seizures since she was 7-years-old.

The lawsuit was filed in July 2017 in the Southern District of NY where the legal text for the case said that it "stands to benefit tens of millions of Americans who require, but are unable to safely obtain, Cannabis for the treatment of their illnesses, diseases and medical conditions, the successful treatment of which is dependent upon its curative properties."Bortell's lawsuit is not only against Sessions and the Justice Department, but also against the Drug Enforcement Agency". Colorado is among 29 states where medical marijuana can be used without legal consequences, so Bortell is able to take a liquid THC drop in the morning.

Alexis Bortell, 12, and her family moved to Colorado to access medical marijuana after a pediatrician mentioned it may help Alexis' epilepsy without invasive brain surgery.

But when it comes to medical marijuana, there are no longer good arguments for it not being legal. When she grows up she wants to be free to choose where she lives and what she does for a living.

"Our policy is the same, really, fundamentally as the Holder-Lynch policy, which is that the federal law remains in effect and a state can legalize marijuana for its law enforcement purposes but it still remains illegal with regard to federal purposes", Sessions said.

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Whether she's successful in suing Sessions or not, Alexis is just hoping to spread awareness and be looked at like everyone else. "She doesn't want to have to fear going to jail every time she sees a police officer".

When nothing seemed to work, her family tried a form of marijuana and her seizures have been controlled.

The treatment has been effective for more than two years, and Bortell judges it, "a lot better than brain surgery", she told Rolling Stone.

The answer was important to a group now suing Sessions, the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) over the claim that the Controlled Substance Act is unconstitutional.

We stand behind you, Alexis, and we hope that marijuana is readily available to all American citizens very soon.

At issue is that while 29 states and three USA territories have cleared marijuana for medical use, the federal government still classifies it as a Schedule I drug under the CSA.

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