While this lawsuit is unlikely to win, it is a reminder of the power of medical cannabis and its current irrational status. Read more in this post from SOL*CBD!
Alexis Bortell, a 12-year-old girl from Colorado, has had enough of Jeff Sessions and the government’s stance on Cannabis.
Bortell has epilepsy and uses medical marijuana to treat it. She credits the fact that she’s two years seizure-free to these treatments.
“As the seizures got worse, we had to move to Colorado to get cannabis because it’s illegal in Texas,” said Bortell, who was diagnosed with epilepsy as a young child.
“It’s helped me succeed in school more since I don’t have to go to the nurse every day because of auras and seizures,” Bortell told Rolling Stone. “There was no medicine in Texas that would stop my seizures, and not only that, but they had horrendous side effects that would be worse than the actual seizure.”
Doctors in her home state were recommending invasive brain surgery.
But a pediatrician did mention an out-of-state option: Medical marijuana. So she and her family moved to Colorado to get medical marijuana.
Her story is similar to Charlotte’s journey of recovery that got much media attention years ago where this little girl who had over 300 seizures a week and used CBD rich cannabis to reclaim her life.
Charlotte was 6 years old, her parents were brave enough to venture out on her behalf outside the box years ago for a solution that was not in the spotlight like today.
Unlike Charlotte, Alexis is old enough to understand what cannabis has done for her and take matters into her own hands.
She understands the scheduling laws that place cannabis squarely as a compound that has no medical use. She, along with former NFL player Marvin Washington, Jose Belen — a military veteran who was disabled in Iraq and now suffers from PTSD, Jagger Cotte — a 6-year-old who has Leigh syndrome, a devastating neurological condition that’s almost always fatal, and the Cannabis Cultural Association.
The lawsuit names: the Department of Justice, the Drug Enforcement Administration as well as its acting director Chuck Rosenberg, and the United States of America. Of course, the federal government moved to have the case dismissed but lost.
The goal of this lawsuit is to allow for easier access for people like her to get medical marijuana. Federal legalization would also allow for deeper research that is severely narrowed by the current laws in place.
it’s beyond clear that Cannabis has medicinal value. While this lawsuit is unlikely to win, it stands as a reminder of the power of this plant and the current irrational conditions we live under.
Let’s make an effort to educate one another and take a stand on the injustices that continue to prevent those in pain from getting relief.
There are many studies that show what hemp derived CBD can do to help those with seizures. Thankfully we can continue to provide this product to those in need, for now.