A 12-year-old Colorado girl who uses medical marijuana to control her seizures is suing U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to legalize medical marijuana nationwide.
Alexis is treated for severe seizures, a condition for which she is given a drop of oil in the morning and another at night right before bed.
A complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of NY in July says that Alexis ran the gamut of prescription pills, all of which failed to control her seizures before she was left with two options: brain surgery or cannabis.
Alexis, who has had seizures since she was 7, takes two doses of cannabis oil a day and keeps a THC spray called Cannatol Rx on her at all times.
"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? It's just outrageous", said Alexis' dad Dean Bortell.
On the other side of the Atlantic, Europe is getting more and more countries on board with medical cannabis, as Poland just legalized medical cannabis on a national level. After assuming office as attorney general, he vowed to take measures to prosecute providers and users of medical marijuana with federal powers.
"I'd say it's a lot better than brain surgery", Bortell told KDVR.
However, it's neighbor Germany has had medical cannabis for nearly a full year now since in January the Bundestag (German parliament) passed a law that officially made marijuana legal for medicinal purposes.
National restrictions on marijuana use have always been stupid and hypocritical. "Whenever you sue the government the deck is really stacked against you", said Foster.
So far there is no federal proposal to fully legalize marijuana in Germany, as it seems that the general opinion of medical marijuana hasn't been very popular.
The lawsuit states that the 12-year-old would like to attend college in her home state, but would be subject to arrest if she continued to use marijuana as treatment.
[The 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.
The federal government lost its first motion to have the case dismissed.
Bortell is joined in her lawsuit by another child, a military veteran, a marijuana advocacy group and even former Denver Broncos Player Marvin Washington who played on the 1998 Super Bowl team.