12-Year-Old Joins Lawsuit Against Attorney General Sessions Over Medicinal Marijuana

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The young girl says she would like to visit her grandparents without fear of getting busted with cannabis oil and sent to a foster family somewhere deep in the heart of Texas.

"I have intractable epilepsy so I have seizures that traditional medications wouldn't really help", said Alexis Bortell.

A 12-year-old is suing Attorney General Jeff Sessions for the right to use medical marijuana.

The 12-year-old now takes a drop of liquid THC, the principal ingredient found in cannabis, twice a day.

The treatment has been effective for more than two years, and Bortell judges it, "a lot better than brain surgery", she told Rolling Stone.

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Bortell's father gave NBC News a comment, saying that his daughter is fighting for her freedom as an American citizen when it comes to consuming marijuana.

Another pediatrician suggested medical marijuana, an option only available to them if they left their home state.

Since the 1970s, the Drug Enforcement Agency has classified marijuana as a Schedule One drug, which means it's considered a drug that poses a safety issue, has the potential for abuse and has no medicinal goal or use.

"How is that rationale?"

Bortell's father, Dean, criticized the federal ban as "outrageous".

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The 12-year-old was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was a little girl.

"As it pertains to Cannabis, the CSA (Controlled Substances Act) is irrational and thus unconstitutional", insisted 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. "We now live in an era where 62% of Americans live in a state where the medical use of cannabis is legal at the state level". Joining her on the lawsuit, NBC reports, are fellow cannabis users Marvin Washington, a former National Football League lineman; Jose Belen, a veteran of the Army; and Jagger Cotte, a 6-year-old boy who has Leigh syndrome.

The Bortell's attorney, Michael Hiller, gave a statement regarding bringing down the Controlled Substances Act, which normally restricts the use of classified "drugs".

A court struck down the federal government's first motion to dismiss the case, clearing the way for the suit to continue.

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