Colorado Girl Suing U.S. Attorney General to Legalize Medical Marijuana Nationwide

Colorado Girl Suing U.S. Attorney General to Legalize Medical Marijuana Nationwide

The sixth-grader said traditional medicine wasn't helping her seizures and doctors in her home state recommended invasive brain surgery.

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November 13, 2017
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Medical News Politics State by State: Colorado

LARKSPUR, Colo. -- Alexis Bortell is hardly the first child whose family moved to Colorado for access to medical marijuana.

But the 12-year-old is the first Colorado kid to sue U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the nation's official marijuana policy.

"As the seizures got worse, we had to move to Colorado to get cannabis because it's illegal in Texas," said Bortell, who was diagnosed with epilepsy as a young child.

The sixth-grader said traditional medicine wasn't helping her seizures and doctors in her home state were recommending invasive brain surgery.

STATE BY STATE: Colorado Cannabis News

But a pediatrician did mention an out-of-state option: Medical marijuana.

But Bortell said the federal prohibition on marijuana prevents her from returning to Texas.

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