12-year-old epilepsy patient sues Jeff Sessions to legalize medical marijuana

Colorado girl suing US Attorney General to legalize medical marijuana nationwide

But his toughest challenge could be coming from a 12-year-old girl in Colorado.

Colorado native Alexis Bortell has filed a lawsuit claiming that the federal prohibition on marijuana is unconstitutional. But not Alexis Bortell.

"As the seizures got worse, we had to move to Colorado to get cannabis because it's illegal in Texas", said Bortell.

Shortly after moving to Larkspur, Bortell's family began using a strain of cannabis oil called Haleigh's Hope. With just two drops of THC every day, she says she's been seizure-free for more than two years; it's a way better option, she says, than the brain surgery her hometown doctor had recommended. Bortell and others have said that medical marijuana has many medical benefits and that the current federal guidelines ignore people that have been helped by the drug.

Medical marijuana is legal in 29 states and Washington, D.C. It is prohibited on the federal level, though there are certain protections that prevent the Justice Department from prosecuting medical marijuana users where the drug is legal.

Marijuana is now classified as a Schedule I drug - the same classification as heroin, and considered more unsafe than substances like cocaine, methamphetamine and fentanyl, an often-deadly synthetic opioid.

The lawsuit, which was filed in NY, is a longshot, but it represents a larger progressive push for marijuana for medical use.

"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?", Dean Bortell tells KDVR.

Denver Attorney Adam Foster represents marijuana businesses and told FOX31 he thoughT the lawsuit was clever but admitted its success may be a long-shot.

That may be true, but the federal government has lost its first motion to have the case dismissed, so that's something.



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