DALLAS- Pharmaceuticals couldn’t stop her crippling seizures, so an 11-year old Texan girl moved to Colorado with her family to seek more lax medical marijuana laws. Alexis Bortell states that medical cannabis has turned her health all the way around and she hasn’t had a seizure in 866 days. She has how filed a lawsuit against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Drug Enforcement Administration in an attempt to legalize medical cannabis.
“I just want kids like me to be able to do what normal kids are able to do,” said Alexis in a Skype interview from her new home in Colorado.
The family had always lived in Rowlett until two years ago when they found out that medical marijuana is the best option to help their eldest daughter. Her fits were treated using a blend of THC and CBD cannabis oil instead of the ones that are smoked.
She is one of the several complainants who are asking the Federal Court to move Cannabis from its current standing as Schedule I. This category is reserved for harmful, addictive drugs and also blocks marijuana from being used from being medically studied.
“This is the first lawsuit of its kind in the sense that we are making arguments under the 5th Amendment due process clause, we are making arguments under the commerce clause, we are making arguments under the 10th Amendment,” explained attorney Michael Hiller.
Bortell’s attorney assured new evidence and arguments will be heard when hearings take place in the coming weeks and months.
“Don't take this wrong. I think this is going to go up in smoke like the rest of them, but it's worth a try,” explained Aaron Wiley, Lackey Hershman, LLP, a former federal prosecutor.
The former prosecutor thinks that Alexis has a long-shot but she still has a chance. Many see it as a move in the right direction towards society legitimizing natural, cannabis-centered health products, even if this single lawsuit isn’t successful.
“You get people talking, that's what can move things. Because now you can move it to your legislators. Now they can start to think well, ‘do I want to get re-elected?' If you can get a groundswell, that's what they're really hoping for,” said Wiley.
As of now, the 11 year-old stays in Colorado hoping the court will finally allow her to travel to see her grandparents in Texas with the controversial meds.