A 12-Year-Old Is Suing Attorney General Sessions to Legalize a Medicine That Keeps Her Seizure-Free

She can't visit grandparents without risking being taken to a foster home

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions might be a little shocked at the latest lawsuit filed against the government.

Alexis Bortell’s lawsuit to legalize medical marijuana was inspired by her move to Colorado a few years ago, reports Denver’s FOX 31. The 12-year-old was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was a little girl. 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. Her family took the information and left their home in Texas in search of cannabis.

“As the seizures got worse, we had to move to Colorado to get cannabis, because it’s illegal in Texas,” she said.

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. Her daily schedule now consists of a drop of a cannabis oil in the morning and a drop at night, and it’s left her seizure-free for two-and-a-half years. Bortell said that the cannabis was “better than brain surgery.”

Though Bortell’s health improved, the federal prohibition of marijuana has proven to be a roadblock in other parts of her life.

“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 currently unable to return to Texas due to federal drug laws.

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