Legalizing marijuana is an ongoing controversy in the United States. Slowly, but surely, medical and recreational marijuana have been legalized in some states while others have been hesitant to approve the use of a drug classified as a Schedule I substance, the same classification given to hard addictive drugs such as heroin.
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A 12-year-old girl from Colorado, who suffers from epileptic seizures, wants marijuana legalized in all 50 states and is now suing U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
In the suit, Alexis and her layers claim that the federal government unconstitutionally hinders an ailing person from receiving medical treatment from marijuana usage.
Sessions has been outspoken in opposition to marijuana usage — medically or recreationally. Alexis’ suit states that his opposition is affecting those around the US just like her who struggle to live an everyday life.
Alexis Bortell and her family moved to Colorado from Texas recently so they could have easy access to marijuana to help mitigate her seizures. According to the Daily Caller, Alexis receives one drop of liquefied THC in the morning and one at night.
The sixth grader told KDVR that traditional medicine was not working, and doctors were suggesting brain surgery, something the Bortell family was not willing to do.
Since moving to Colorado and receiving her THC drops, Alexis has been seizure-free for over two and a half years.
While medical and recreational marijuana has been legalized in 29 states, Texas has not allowed any form of marijuana to be legalized.
The Hill reported that if Alexis were to come back to Texas with her medical marijuana, she could be put into foster care, and her parents could be subject to drug charges.
In 1970, the DEA classified marijuana as a more severe drug than meth and cocaine. This preconceived notion of marijuana has since changed. Marijuana users are no longer viewed as drugged crazies running amok as they were originally portrayed in films such as “Reefer Madness.”
Instead, medically speaking, the drug has been linked to a reduction in seizures, as in Alexis’ case, and a litany of other health issues.