Jeff Sessions sued by 12-year-old girl who needs medical marijuana for epilepsy
The legalization of pot is sweeping the country. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is now being sued by a 12-year-old girl with “intractable epilepsy.”
According to ABC news, Alex Bortell’s father and a team of plaintiffs have filed a a suit against the attorney general, the Department of Justice, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the entire South District of New York.
Bortell has been suffering with seizures since she was 7-years-old. 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.
Since she’s been using cannabis products, Bortell has been seizure free for over two years.
The lawsuit hopes to help give all Americans the right to legal and medical marijuana. The objective is clear;
“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.”
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.
“She just wants to be like everybody else. When she grows up she wants to be free to choose where she lives and what she does for a living. She wants to be treated like an American citizen and not just a state citizen. She doesn’t want to have to fear going to jail every time she sees a police officer.”
The suit has a few names on the plaintiff committee. Cannabis consumer and former NFL player Marvin Washington even joined in on the fight for cannabis rights.
The Bortell’s attorney, Michael Hiller, gave a statement regarding bringing down the Controlled Substances Act, which normally restricts the use of classified “drugs.”
“Our objective is to have the Controlled Substances Act as it pertains to cannabis declared unconstitutional so that Alexis, Jagger, Jose and the millions of other Americans who require medical cannabis can live healthy and productive lives.”
We stand behind you, Alexis, and we hope that marijuana is readily available to all American citizens very soon.