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Colorado girl suing U.S. attorney general to legalize medical marijuana nationwide
    #24774215 - 11/10/17 07:22 PM (7 days, 3 hours ago)

http://kdvr.com/2017/11/09/colorado-girl-suing-us-attorney-general-to-legalize-medical-marijuana-nationwide/
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 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.

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

Shortly after moving to Larkspur, Bortell's family began using a strain of cannabis oil called Haleigh's Hope.

A drop of liquid THC in the morning and at night has kept her seizure-free for 2 1/2 years.

"I'd say it`s a lot better than brain surgery," Bortell said.

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

"I would like to be able to visit my grandparents without risking being taken to a foster home," Bortell said on why she's joined a lawsuit that seeks to legalize medical marijuana on the federal level.

Since the 1970s the Drug Enforcement Agency has classified marijuana as a Schedule One drug, which in the eyes of federal policy makes marijuana more dangerous than meth or cocaine and on par with heroin.

"How is that rationale? It's not compassionate either, but rationality? It's just outrageous," said Alexis' dad Dean Bortell.

He showed his backyard fields, where he grows five acres of marijuana plants used to derive the medicine that helps his daughter and patients he's never met.

"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? How could you possibly look at someone who`s benefiting from this as a medicine and threaten to take it away?" Bortell said.

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana.

Alexis' New York attorney Michael Hiller argues it should be legal nationwide.

"As it pertains to cannabis, the (Controlled Substances Act) is irrational and thus unconstitutional," said 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. That is of course absurd."

Denver attorney Adam Foster represents marijuana businesses.

He said he thought the lawsuit was clever but admitted its success might be a long shot.

"Whenever you sue the government, the deck is really stacked against you," Foster said.

But he added the federal government might have a hard time arguing medical marijuana has no known medical benefits.

"We now live in an era where 62 percent of Americans live in a state where the medical use of cannabis is legal at the state level," he said.

Alexis Bortell said she hopes her lawsuit will normalize medical marijuana but also legalize it.

"We'll be able to be treated like what you call 'normal' families," she said.

Bortell is joined in the lawsuit by another child, a military veteran, a marijuana advocacy group and former Broncos player Marvin Washington, who played on the 1998 Super Bowl-winning team.

The federal government has already lost its first motion to have the case dismissed.


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Re: Colorado girl suing U.S. attorney general to legalize medical marijuana nationwide [Re: Konyap]
    #24774745 - 11/11/17 12:08 AM (6 days, 22 hours ago)

Jeff Sessions tried to have a women prosecuted not just once, but twice because she laughed at him during his confirmation hearing.


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Re: Colorado girl suing U.S. attorney general to legalize medical marijuana nationwide [Re: Atreyu] * 3
    #24774775 - 11/11/17 12:28 AM (6 days, 22 hours ago)

As the russian probe nears sessions he is going to have his own problems to worry about.


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Re: Colorado girl suing U.S. attorney general to legalize medical marijuana nationwide [Re: tdubz]
    #24775506 - 11/11/17 11:35 AM (6 days, 11 hours ago)

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Re: Colorado girl suing U.S. attorney general to legalize medical marijuana nationwide [Re: chobumms]
    #24775940 - 11/11/17 03:20 PM (6 days, 7 hours ago)

Which court is this in?

Things are very much slated so that it's hard to remove the Governments stubborn official positions.  Guess it would have to win over supreme court judges.  That's hard when republicans are in power and appointed judges.


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Re: Colorado girl suing U.S. attorney general to legalize medical marijuana nationwide [Re: Morel Guy]
    #24776085 - 11/11/17 04:37 PM (6 days, 6 hours ago)

I wonder if the new supreme court judge from Colorado supports legalization despite being conservative.


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Re: Colorado girl suing U.S. attorney general to legalize medical marijuana nationwide [Re: tdubz]
    #24777133 - 11/12/17 06:45 AM (5 days, 16 hours ago)

I actually posted about this. Its not just a little girl. Its a lawsuit with a bunch of kids and an army vet who suffers from PTSD. They are suing the DEA, DOJ, and Sessions for basically preventing MMJ access across the country even though it is clearly a medicine that many people need

...including children and veterans...

BTW the lawsuit im referring to could actually bring about legalization if resolved correctly, i hear its the furthest such a lawsuit over MJ has ever went

and in other news (involving Jeff Sessions), this just dropped an hour ago.

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-sessions-russia-20171113-story.html

Sessions lied again. Another time he will have to "clear things up" (jeez how many chances do they get before their actual colleagues decide they are PROBABLY GUILTY...)

I would hate for him to get replaced by a republican from alabama who WOULD actually do some bad shit to our scene (like actual promises or true attempts to bring down legal MMJ or war on psychedelics, which i actually felt more when Obama's admin took away the whole 2c-x series... some classic and safe (if used correctly) phen-psychedelics

The Chloro variation is like the most gentle psychedelic ever. I cant believe anyone would ever think of it as any kind of threat. (i DO NOT mean 2cx-nbome)


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Re: Colorado girl suing U.S. attorney general to legalize medical marijuana nationwide [Re: Fractal420]
    #24777384 - 11/12/17 10:47 AM (5 days, 12 hours ago)

The thing about authority and especially conservative authority, is they are not simply going to admit they are wrong and let people have freedom and released from prison.  Stubborn sobs.


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Re: Colorado girl suing U.S. attorney general to legalize medical marijuana nationwide [Re: Atreyu] * 1
    #24778751 - 11/12/17 10:49 PM (5 days, 11 minutes ago)

Quote:

Atreyu said:
Jeff Sessions tried to have a women prosecuted not just once, but twice because she laughed at him during his confirmation hearing.



Ah, for wuhn, simply cannot buhlieve that an indivi-jell of thuh female persuasion would have the aww-dassity to cast such dispersions upon such a distinguished jennelman as Jeffrey Beauregard Sessions.  Deez Demmacrats simply have no class, unlike proppa Suddern folk.


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Re: Colorado girl suing U.S. attorney general to legalize medical marijuana nationwide [Re: chibiabos]
    #24779439 - 11/13/17 10:18 AM (4 days, 12 hours ago)

people have to follow the outcomes of lawsuits regardless of their political biases :shrug:

the whole "they think that way so things will never change" reasoning is a large part of why things are the way they are, no?


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Re: Colorado girl suing U.S. attorney general to legalize medical marijuana nationwide [Re: Psilosopherr]
    #24779922 - 11/13/17 01:03 PM (4 days, 9 hours ago)

when democracy fails, vote from the rooftops.


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