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Colorado girl, 12, takes AG Jeff Sessions to court in bid to legalize medical marijuana nationwide

November 14, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Colorado girl, 12, takes AG Jeff Sessions to court in bid to legalize medical marijuana nationwide

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A girl from Colorado who suffers from seizures is participating in a lawsuit to sue U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in efforts to legalize medical marijuana across the United States.

Alexis Bortell, 12, told FOX31 Denver that she has epilepsy and traditional medicine wasn’t controlling her seizures. Her doctors in Texas suggested an invasive brain surgery, but a pediatrician instead recommended medical marijuana, Fox31 Denver reported.

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

Bortell determined that taking a drop of Haleigh’s Hope, a strain of cannabis oil, two times a day stopped the seizures from coming back. She’s been seizure-free for almost three years, but she can’t go home to Texas because marijuana is not legal there.

Colorado is one of the several states in the U.S. that legalized cannabis for medicinal and recreational use.

“I would like to visit my grandparents without risking being taken to a foster home,” she added.

Bortell joined the lawsuit to legalize medical marijuana in all states. The case was first filed by another child, a veteran, a marijuana advocacy group and Marvin Washington, a former player for the Broncos.

Jeff Sessions has been opposed to legalizing the drug, telling Reuters in September: “I’ve never felt that we should legalize marijuana.”

“It doesn’t strike me that the country would be better if it’s sold at every corner,” Sessions said during a press conference in San Diego.

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