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Why a 12-Year-Old Is Suing Jeff Sessions Over Legal Marijuana

15 November 2017

Joining her on the lawsuit, NBC reports, are fellow cannabis users Marvin Washington, a former National Football League lineman; Jose Belen, a veteran of the Army; and Jagger Cotte, a 6-year-old boy who has Leigh syndrome.

A 12-year-old Colorado girl suffering from epilepsy is suing U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Bortell has been suffering with seizures since she was 7-years-old.

"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.

While her treatment is working, Alexis is fighting to make it so others like her don't have to uproot their lives and move to a different state to use cannabis as a medical treatment.

Bortell moved from Texas to Colorado so she could get "a strain of cannabis oil called Haleigh's Hope", which helps with her seizures.

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. "Nothing she tried worked", the suit states.

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Bortell's father gave NBC News a comment, saying that his daughter is fighting for her freedom as an American citizen when it comes to consuming marijuana. When she grows up she wants to be free to choose where she lives and what she does for a living.

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. "She doesn't want to have to fear going to jail every time she sees a police officer".

Michael Hiller, Bortell's lawyer, also criticized what he believed to be an inconsistency in the application of the "irrational" and "unconstitutional" Controlled Substances Act.

"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", Sessions said, referring to his predecessors as attorney general during the Obama administration.

The U.S. lost its first motion to dismiss the case.

Alexis isn't the only one suing the government over access to medical marijuana.

That's the reason why the teen and her parents have joined four other plaintiffs in a lawsuit that aims to legalise medical marijuana at the federal level.

Why a 12-Year-Old Is Suing Jeff Sessions Over Legal Marijuana