Rather than protecting peoples’ civil rights or focusing on actual drugs, like addictive, deadly opioids, Attorney General Jeff Sessions continues to fight a harmless plant with proven medicinal properties. His war against marijuana will take him to court against a 12-year-old girl who suffers from epilepsy.
Alexis Bortell was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2013, and began taking medical marijuana 3 years ago Since starting her treatment with the medicinal plant, her seizures disappeared. Bortell filed a lawsuit against Sessions last fall because he has made it his mission to impede access to the one drug that has been able to help her, reported Newsweek.
The case is scheduled to go before a judge in a New York City federal court on Feb. 14. Attorney Michael Hiller will be there to represent Alexis, and he is confident they will win.
“We are very optimistic that the case is going to come out the way it should, which is that the Controlled Substances Act is going to be found unconstitutional,” Hiller told the magazine.
Their case also involves several other plaintiffs including a former professional football player, a veteran and another child.
Because her seizures were so bad, and the only treatment that helped was illegal where they lived, her family moved from Texas to Colorado so she could have the medicinal plant legally.
Clinical trials have proven CBD to be effective in treating seizure disorders, as well as many other health problems.
Dr. Jerzy Szaflarski, the director of the epilepsy center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, told Newsweek that CBD could be working along about a dozen different pathways and receptors.
“The evidence for each and every one of those pathways is there but it’s relatively weak,” Szaflarski said. “It’s going to take a while before we sort this out.”
Despite the proven medicinal qualities and lack of side effects, it is listed by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act.
Alexis’ lawsuit challenges that act. Hiller believes the case could make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Alexis’ father, Dean Bortell, simply wants his daughter to have the medicine she needs to have a good life.
“No one else is living memo to memo or administration to administration,” Bortell said. “I don’t think asking for my daughter to have that long-term plan for her life—I don’t think that’s asking too much.”