12-year-old girl takes U.S. attorney general to court for cannabis

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"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.

Alexis started using cannabis to help with her epilepsy after her family had moved from their Republican dominated state of Texas to liberal Colorado, where recreational and medical use of marijuana is legal.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is being sued by a 12-year-old Colorado girl suffering from epilepsy who aims to legalize medical marijuana nationwide.

She says having a drop of THC twice a day has kept her seizure-free for almost three years.

Once she resided in a state where access to medical marijuana is legal, Bortell was able to make use of a strain of cannabis oil called Haleigh's Hope.

But Alexis Bortell says the Federal prohibition on marijuana prevents her from returning to her home state of Texas. Had she remained in Texas, where medical marijuana is illegal, her next best medical option would have been brain surgery.

Marijuana is now classified as a Schedule I drug by the Drug Enforcement Agency.

"How is that rationale?"

"She just wants to be like everybody else", Alexis's father, Dean Bortell, told NBC News.

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"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?"

So far there is no federal proposal to fully legalize marijuana in Germany, as it seems that the general opinion of medical marijuana hasn't been very popular.

"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", the suit states. That is of course absurd.

The Bortell's attorney, Michael Hiller, gave a statement regarding bringing down the Controlled Substances Act, which normally restricts the use of classified "drugs". "Whenever you sue the government the deck is really stacked against you", said Foster.

Alexis Bortell has filed a lawsuit against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding medical marijuana legalization.

Until now, the Justice Department hasn't commented on the lawsuit.

The lawsuit also has additional plaintiffs in Marvin Washington, a former National Football League lineman; Jose Belen, an Army veteran; and Jagger Cotte, a 6-year-old Georgia boy with Leigh syndrome, all of whom use medicinal cannabis, according to Newsweek.

The Federal Government has already lost its first motion to have the case dismissed.

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