Alexis Bortell is just like any other 12 year old girl. She loves hanging out with her friends and she has hopes and dreams. She comes from a military family, both of her parents are disabled veterans. Unlike other 12 year old girls, she is suing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end cannabis prohibition in the US. That beats anything I was doing when I was 12.
Alexis’ story starts out in an all too familiar way. She and her family had been living in Texas when she had her first seizure in 2013. After an overnight stay in the hospital, she was diagnosed with epilepsy. She was averaging anywhere from 5-10 seizures a day. When her parents expressed concern to her neurologist that the medication she was on (Carbatrol 200mg) wasn’t working, his solution was to increase her dosage. This increased her seizures to 10-20 per day. The Bortells switched her to Depakote, which decreased her seizures, but gave her horrible mood swings. They decided to move to Colorado to treat Alexis with cannabis oil. This young girl had to completely uproot her life in order to get the medication she needs.
Earlier this year this amazing 12 year old girl decided to do something no one has ever done before: sue the Justice Department. Cannabis is currently a Schedule I drug ‘under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Schedule I is for drugs that are dangerously addictive and currently have no medical value. Alexis’ lawsuit alleges that since cannabis does have a recognized medical value, it doesn’t belong on the CSA, let alone on Schedule I. Cannabis prohibition is based on long debunked falsehoods and is therefore unconstitutional.
Even if the Bortells don’t win their lawsuit, it will set a precedent that will likely encourage others to do the same. Even if they don’t succeed, they have started a conversation about ending cannabis prohibition that is not likely to be silenced.
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