Medical marijuana is a huge topic of discussion around the nation. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is part of a lawsuit focusing on this issue.
A young girl in Colorado named Alexis Bortell, 12, suffers from epilepsy, and traditional medicine was not effectively treating her condition. Bortell has joined a lawsuit with the goal of suing Attorney General Sessions to get medical marijuana legal around the nation, according to Fox News.
Bortell is originally from Texas, where medical marijuana is not legal. Her doctors suggested an invasive brain surgery to hopefully improve her condition.
The family decided against the surgery. Instead, Bortell and her parents went to Colorado, where medical marijuana is legal, to seek the natural treatment. “As the seizures got worse, we had to move to Colorado to get cannabis because it’s illegal in Texas,” Bortell said.
She went on to confirm, “I’d say [medical marijuana is] a lot better than brain surgery.” The process that she uses with medical marijuana is indeed intriguing.
Bortell uses a drop of Haleigh’s Hope, a unique strain of cannabis oil. She uses the oil twice a day, and it stops the seizures from occurring. Up until this point, her seizures were debilitating and interfered with her life almost daily.
In fact, due to the medical marijuana, Bortell has been seizure-free for almost three years. The only problem is she can’t go back to her home in Texas, which is having a serious impact on her.
“I would like to be able to visit my grandparents without risking being taken to a foster home,” she said. While this is a legitimate desire for Bortell, perhaps a lawsuit is not the way to go, and education would go a long way toward getting her message across.
Bortell joined a lawsuit with another child, a military veteran, a marijuana advocacy group, and sports star Marvin Washington. Their goal is to push through and eventually see medical marijuana legal in every state across the nation.
There are 29 states and the District of Columbia that has legalized medical marijuana. This is a movement that has gained momentum in the past decade as research has emerged demonstrating medical benefits of cannabis oil.
People are suing Attorney General Jeff Sessions in an effort to legalize medical marijuana in the US. Should medical marijuana be legalized?
Attorney Michael Hiller argues that there should be the legalization of medical marijuana nationwide. “As it pertains to cannabis, the (Controlled Substances Act) is irrational and thus unconstitutional,” Hiller states. He continued by saying that the US government “made a representation that cannabis has medical application for the treatments of Parkinson`s Disease, HIV-induced dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease and yet at the same time the United States government maintains that there is absolutely no medical benefit for the use of cannabis. That is of course absurd.”
It is hard to say how this lawsuit will play out. More details will be revealed as time goes on. Sessions has said on multiple occasions that he doesn’t think that marijuana should be legal in the United States at all. It will be interesting to see how it unfolds when people who use medicinal marijuana go head to head with Attorney General Jeff Sessions.