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12-Year-Old MMJ Patient Files Suit Against DOJ and DEA

By Rick Schettino
Nov 13, 2017

A 12-year-old Colorado girl suffering from epilepsy is suing U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The prize: legalization of medical marijuana nationwide.

The suit against the attorney general as well as the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Agency was filed in the Southern District of New York by Alexis Bortell, along with her father and other plaintiffs, including former NFL player Marvin Washington, according to a report by ABC News.

The document states, "This lawsuit stands to benefit tens of millions of Americans who require, but are unable to safely obtain, Cannabis for the treatment of their illnesses, diseases, and medical conditions." ABC News says they contacted the Justice Department for comment on the lawsuit but did not get a response.

Alexis’ family moved to Colorado from Texas to take advantage of the state’s legalization of recreational and medical marijuana. According to the lawsuit, she has been suffering since the age of 7 from a form of epilepsy that cannot be safely controlled with FDA-approved treatments and procedures, often suffering multiple seizures each day.

The suit claims that the girl found "immediate relief from her seizures" by using medical marijuana. And, "Since being on whole-plant medical Cannabis, Alexis has gone more than two years seizure-free."

The suit claims that Alexis cannot return to her home in Texas to attend college because she would be subject to arrest if she continued to use marijuana to control her seizures.

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