Three years ago, Alexis Bortell, a 12-year-old girl who has suffered from severe epilepsy since the age of 7, moved to Colorado from Texas to treat her neurological disorder. The move was prompted when Alexis’s symptoms became so severe that doctors recommended invasive brain surgery. Because no traditional medications had worked for Alexis in the past, her family decided to move to Colorado, where Alexis would have access to medical marijuana as an alternative to their only option left in Texas: brain surgery.
After moving, Alexis started using the cannabis oil brand Haleigh’s Hope. She now consumes a small syringe of cannabis oil under the tongue every day, once in the morning and once at night. Since beginning her use of cannabis oil 3 years ago, Alexis has been seizure-free. However, it’s come at a cost. Because of her decision, Alexis is now prohibited from returning to Texas (per federal prohibition laws on marijuana), and she cannot travel across state lines or visit federal property such as national parks, post offices, etc. while carrying her medication.
Bortell is pushing to change these laws for other children like her who wish to be able to use medicine that can help them live a normal life, as well as visit family back home. She is the first minor to officially sue Attorney Jeff Sessions over the nation’s marijuana policy.
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If you or someone you love has been negatively affected by the nation’s marijuana policy, don’t wait to take legal action. The more people who choose to stand up and fight back like Alexis, the better able we’ll be to affect positive change to these outdated policies.