Colorado girl suing US Attorney General to legalize medical marijuana nationwide


During a Tuesday House Judiciary Committee hearing, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) pressured Attorney General Jeff Sessions to clarify his belief that "good people" don't use marijuana.

The Bortell's packed up and headed for Lakspur, where they started using a strain of cannabis oil called Haleigh's Hope, KDVR reported. It has been 2 years without having a seizure, compared to the time before the Cannabis treatment, when she would have more seizures in a single day.

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

Alexis Bortell, 12, and her family moved to Colorado to access medical marijuana after a pediatrician mentioned it may help Alexis' epilepsy without invasive brain surgery.

Bortell says because of federal law restricting marijuana use, it's preventing her from returning to Texas where she eventually wants to go to college and she and her family feel they have no other choice other than to sue Sessions.

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

Her father, Dean Bortell said that he doesn't understand or support the archaic laws of Texas, and how come cannabis is still a Schedule 1 drug, just like heroin. It's not compassionate either, but rationality?

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 showed the Problem Solvers his backyard fields, where he grows five acres of marijuana plants used to derive the very medicine that helps his daughter and patients he's never met.

Sessions did not add any new nuance to the status quo, responding, "Our policy is the same really, fundamentally, as the Holder-Lynch policy, which is that the federal law remains in effect and a state can legalize marijuana for its law enforcement purposes, but it still remains illegal with regard to federal purposes".

"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?" The lawsuit argues that all Americans that require Cannabis treatment for several illnesses should have it available, in a safe and legal way to obtain. That is of course absurd.

Due to legal restrictions, the 12-year-old, who turned to medical marijuana to control her seizure disorder, is unable to return home to her native Texas to visit family.

Denver Attorney Adam Foster represents marijuana businesses and told FOX31 he thoughT the lawsuit was clever but admitted its success may be a long-shot. He asked, "Will you abide by congressional appropriations and limitations on marijuana when it would conflict with state laws?"

"You said one time that 'Good people don't smoke marijuana,'" he said.

And it's not a dog of a case, the government has already tried to get the case dismissed, but a judge let it move forward.