Lawyer of 12-year-old U.S. Girl Suing Jeff Sessions Over Cannabis is ‘Optimistic’

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Alexis Bortell stands in a field in this undated photo. (Image via NewsWeek)

Lawyer of Alexi Bortell, a 12-year-old girl suffering from epilepsy, is “optimistic” that he will win the case against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions over his federal crackdown on marijuana. 

“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,” the lawyer Michael Hiller told Newsweek said.

It is not only Alexi but several other plaintiffs, including a former professional football player, a veteran, and another child.

In New York, recreational marijuana is illegal but medical cannabis is allowed. However, Sessions annulled an Obama-era policy, which tightened the federal government’s grip on marijuana operations.

Nine U.S. states have already legalized recreational marijuana and 29 others have legalized the medical use of cannabis. But their sales were stifled following the Sessions’ move in January.

The 12-year-old started taking medical marijuana to treat her seizures, which cannabis helped to eliminate. However, her treatment option is threatened by Sessions’ aggressive crackdown, who is also the acting director of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

While Alexi’s case is scheduled on Feb. 14 at a New York City federal courthouse, she won’t be attending. Her lawyer will be representing her interests. 

Initially, Alexi’s seizures forced her family to move to Colorado – one of the earliest U.S. states to legalize marijuana from Texas.

However, due to the concentration of the psychoactive component in cannabis known as THC, the girl was unable to go beyond state’s borders or board an airplane.

Recently, a 9-year-old girl from Texas – also an epilepsy sufferer – has received her medical marijuana prescription. Her case was dubbed as “historic” in the southern state.

The two girls’ cases show how the trend to legalize marijuana whether medically or recreationally, is taking off.

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