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Jeff Sessions sued by 12-year-old who needs Medical Cannabis for her Epilepsy

In a true David versus Goliath story, a 12-year-old girl from Colorado is suing Attorney General Jeff Sessions for blocking access to medical cannabis.

Alexis Bortell and her family moved from Texas to Colorado to make use of the recreational cannabis laws in the state. Incredibly, since being given access to whole-plant medical cannabis in Colorado, young Alexis’ symptoms has improved dramatically and her seizures have almost completely halted.

However, the Bortell family are desperate to return home, including Alexis, who dreams of going to college in her home state. However, the current legal situation in Texas means that the family would be arrested if they were to bring their daughter’s medicine back home with them.

To try and combat this, the Bortell family along with a number of other medical cannabis advocates, including ex-NFL star Marvin Washington, have filed a lawsuit in New York against Jeff Sessions, the Department of Justice and the DEA.

The lawsuit states; “This lawsuit 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,”.

Jeff Sessions has yet to comment on the lawsuit but his negative views of cannabis in recent times indicates that he will fight to have the suit thrown out.


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  • Justin Boston

    Until she actually physically moves to Texas, the courts will toss out the suit as she doesn’t have standing.

    • Walter Schwenk

      Both parents US military; they most definitely have federal standing.

  • Snakeman

    The question I have is, why is she even suing Sessions to begin with.
    1. The AG can not “decriminalize” anything. It must go through Congress as an amendment to the DCA. The only thing he can do is not prosecute any offenses, however, being that it is illegal in TX, they would probably get arrested under TX law and AG would have nothing to do with it.

    2. It is my understanding that they moved to CO a few years ago. Why didn’t they do this last year when they might have faced a more lenient administration? Because that would not be true. There were more “raids” of dispensaries here in CA, under Obama’s DoJ than there ever was during Bush or Clinton. Beside, they still would have face TX law. I am sure they knew they were going to have to move back to TX sometime as this was their home. Why did they not do something about this sooner.

    3. Why not sue the TX AG? You would think that it would be easier to do something about TX law rather than US law. It would take years and even if the US DoJ decided not to prosecute, again they still face TX law.

    While I agree that it should be changed, and I tried to get thing done on it when I lived in TX, I just think this is a stunt and/or these folks are being use by someone(s) with an agenda.

    • Walter Schwenk

      This is very much the right thing to do, as federal law on the topic is based on perjury, and on that and constitutional grounds; 9th, 10th amendment, etc, all federal prohibitionist laws should be nullified in the interest of truth and justice. No better place to start than at the top of the swamp, Jeff Sessions. If she prevailed, it would send a very clear message of opportunity for reform to all 57 states.

  • Lynda Bee

    I believe, in 2018, there will be MANY lawsuits brought against certain organizations in the name of Truth and Health. I cannot believe that anyone would oppose the use of cannabis…I don’t use it, but as for this young child, not allowing this child access to something that IS PROVEN to work, is criminal and the appropriate entities NEED to BEGIN BY USING FACTS, instead of personal opinions! My only question is, WHY did they not include the CDC in their lawsuit?

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