12-year-old girl suing to legalize marijuana nationwide

Alexis Bortell

Alexis Bortell

"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.

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 objective or use.

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

Bortell's family moved to Colorado so that their daughter - then 10 - could access medical marijuana, a treatment that's illegal in her home state of Texas. "How could you possibly look at someone who's benefiting from this as a medicine and threaten to take it away?" By the time it was 2014, the NY based Drug Policy Alliance estimated that one in every 111 American adults had been incarcerated due to the criminalizing "War on Drugs" in America. 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.

Although their reasoning is sound, Denver attorney Adam Foster told the outlet there's little chance they'll see any change brought about as a result.

A 12-year-old girl, who uses medical marijuana to manage her epilepsy and resultant seizures, is suing U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to legalize the drug nationwide.

"Whenever you sue the government, the deck is really stacked against you", he said. As her seizures became worse, her pediatrician told her about an out-of-state treatment that might aid her and make serious brain surgery unnecessary: medical marijuana.

However, it's neighbor Germany has had medical cannabis for nearly a full year now since in January the Bundestag (German parliament) passed a law that officially made marijuana legal for medicinal purposes.

He noted, however, that it will be a challenge for government officials to argue that there is no medical benefit to the use of marijuana.

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

The sixth grader is given a drop of liquid THC in the morning and another at night.

"Since being on whole-plant medical Cannabis, Alexis has gone more than two years seizure-free", the suit says.

"I'd say it's a lot better than brain surgery", Alexis said.