Bortell's father, Dean, criticized the federal ban as "outrageous". It's not compassionate either, but rationality?
A complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of NY in July says that Alexis ran the gamut of prescription pills, all of which failed to control her seizures before she was left with two options: brain surgery or cannabis.
Whether she's successful in suing Sessions or not, Alexis is just hoping to spread awareness and be looked at like everyone else.
"As it pertains to Cannabis, the CSA (Controlled Substances Act) is irrational and thus unconstitutional", insisted Heller, who added the U.S. Government "made a representation that Cannabis has medical application for the treatments of Parkinson's Disease, HIV Induced Dementia and Alzheimer's disease and yet at the same time the United States Government maintains that there is absolutely no medical benefit for the use of Cannabis". He also conceded that cannabis is not as unsafe as heroin and that a current budget rider prevents the Department of Justice from prosecuting people who are in compliance with state medical marijuana laws.
We stand behind you, Alexis, and we hope that marijuana is readily available to all American citizens very soon.
"Our policy is the same, really, fundamentally as the Holder-Lynch policy, which is that the federal law remains in effect and a state can legalize marijuana for its law enforcement purposes but it still remains illegal with regard to federal purposes", Sessions said, referring to his predecessors as attorney general during the Obama administration.
Until the state and federal cannabis incompatibility is resolved, anyone who uses medical marijuana will find their lives limited to places where they can be treated, not prosecuted.
Bortell's lawsuit claims that she needs medical marijuana to help with her epilepsy.
She says she prefers the oil over brain surgery.
She says having a drop of THC twice a day has kept her seizure-free for almost three years. "We now live in an era where 62% of Americans live in a state where the medical use of cannabis is legal at the state level".
The federal government lost its first motion to have the case dismissed.
The lawsuit also has additional plaintiffs in Marvin Washington, a former National Football League lineman; Jose Belen, an Army veteran; and Jagger Cotte, a 6-year-old Georgia boy with Leigh syndrome, all of whom use medicinal cannabis, according to Newsweek.