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Girl Says It's Jeff Sessions' Fault She Can't Visit Her Grandparents, Sues Attorney General

A young girl from Texas had to move with her family because of a severe illness. Now, she can't even go back to her home state to visit her grandparents. She blames U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for her situation, and the 12-year-old filed a lawsuit against him. If she wins, it could be monumental for many people.

If you had an illness and were faced with a choice between invasive brain surgery or taking a dose of medicine twice per day, which would you choose? Obviously, it's a no-brainer. You'd take the medicine. Unfortunately for you, if you lived in Texas, your health care provider couldn't give you that life-saving medicine, even if they wanted you to have it. It's illegal in Texas.

Alexis Bortell is a 12-year-old girl whose family was faced with that choice. The child suffers from a form of epilepsy and had frequent debilitating seizures. Regular seizure medications didn't work on her. The only remaining options were brain surgery or medical marijuana.

"As the seizures got worse, we had to move to Colorado to get cannabis because it's illegal in Texas," said Alexis. "I'd say [medical marijuana is] a lot better than brain surgery.”

Alexis takes a drop of a strain of cannabis oil called 'Haleigh's Hope' every day, twice per day. Since she started taking it nearly three years ago, she hasn't had any seizures. But Alexis is limited to where she can travel because many states do not allow medical marijuana.

Because her medicine is illegal in Texas, she can't even go see her grandparents. "I would like to be able to visit my grandparents without risking being taken to a foster home," she said.

Sessions has long been adamant in his stance that marijuana has no medical benefits, despite the evidence that proves that claim is incorrect. He is against legalizing marijuana on a federal level.

Many have long argued that the Drug Enforcement Agency labeling marijuana as a Schedule I narcotic, along with LSD, is absurd. Cocaine and methamphetamine, meanwhile, are considered Schedule II narcotics, and considered less dangerous.

"How is that rational? It's not compassionate either, but rationality? It's just outrageous," said Dean Bortell, Alexis' father. "When you look at it from a distance and you see it saving their lives, me as a father and an American, I go, what are we doing? How could you possibly look at someone who`s benefiting from this as a medicine and threaten to take it away?"

Alexis has joined a lawsuit that aims at legalizing medical marijuana on a federal level. She's not the first child whose family has struggled and had to move over the marijuana, but she is the first who is suing the Attorney General. If she wins, it could be a landmark case that will change federal laws and regulations.

Already, 29 states have made medical marijuana legal; this could be the tipping point to bring the valuable medicine to people all over the country so families will no longer be forced to move for medical reasons.

Source: Fox News
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