This Girl Maybe Will Contribute in Cannabis Legalization Nationwide
Is Cannabis legalization possible nationwide?
At the age of seven, Alexis Bortell developed epilepsy and FDA-approved medications unfortunately failed to improve her condition. She suffered from multiple seizures per day, and doctors were considering brain surgery.
“Nothing she tried worked,”. But she experienced “immediate relief from her seizures.” when she tried whole plant cannabis oil. She uses a strain called “Haleigh’s Hope,” which comes in the form of liquid THC drops that she takes twice a day.
She then said “I’d say it’s a lot better than brain surgery,” .
Her family moved to Colorado from Texas so she could access the medicine. For two-and-half years she has been seizure-free. Her father maintains a five-acre farm of plants the family uses to produce her medicine.
Alexis cannot travel to states where the plant is still illegal, including Texas. She cannot bring her medication with her. She says she would like to attend college in Texas. But police would arrest her for using cannabis in her home state, as well as many others around the country.
“I would like to be able to visit my grandparents without risking being taken to a foster home,” she also said.
The federal government continues to put cannabis in the classification of Schedule I drug. It is a category that is “no currently accepted medical use”. It denotes “high potential for abuse” despite mounting evidence to the contrary. Jeff Sessions, Attorney General continues to demonize the plant.
Despite recent cannabis legalization efforts around the country, arrests for cannabis remain staggeringly high .
Michael Hiller, Bortell’s attorney, told Fox 31 Denver “As it pertains to cannabis, the (Controlled Substances Act) is irrational and thus unconstitutional,” . He added that the government has “made a representation that cannabis has medical application for the treatments of HIV-induced dementia, Parkinson`s Disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Yet at the same time the United States government maintains that there is absolutely no medical benefit for the use of cannabis. Of course, that is absurd.”
“Another child joins Bortell , a military veteran, a marijuana advocacy group and former Broncos player Marvin Washington. He played on the 1998 Super Bowl-winning team,” Fox 31 summarized.
The federal government has already unsuccessfully attempted to have the case dismissed.
Denver attorney Adam Foster represents cannabis businesses and said it’s unlikely the suit will be successful. He said “Whenever you sue the government, the deck is really and completely against you,”. But he also acknowledged the federal government will likely struggle to prove cannabis has no medical value.
Regardless, the suit highlights the ever-growing wave of opposition to the federal government’s continued war on cannabis, especially in light of the increasing number of Americans who find relief with it.