The legalization of cannabis has become nothing short of a social issue. Quite like the pro-life movement, pro-choice movement and the pro-NRA crowd, cannabis legalization has a vast network of both pro-legalization and anti-legalization advocates. Several notable personalities and politicians, Bernie Sanders, Susan Sarandon, and rapper/activist Killer Mike to name a few of many, have openly voiced their beliefs on legalization.


Although on the other side of the aisle is arguably the face of the anti-legalization movement is Attorney General and professional Foghorn Leghorn impersonator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III. More commonly known as Jeff, Mr. Sessions hasn’t in any way been timid about his feelings on cannabis and the greater legalization movement as a whole.


At a Senate hearing in April 2016, Sessions said a quote so infamous that it became both cemented in history and became fodder for several memes, most of which depict Sessions as a Keebler Elf.


“Good people don’t smoke marijuana.” Sessions sternly said.


With many known philanthropists, such as The Doggfather himself Snoop Dogg who has raised hundreds of thousands for after school football programs, and Willie Nelson who founded the very famous Farm Aid concerts for families affected by loss of family farms, Sessions’ comments are painfully ignorant towards the millions of individuals who consume cannabis. Also, Sessions comments negatively portray the many others who consume cannabis medically.


The profiles of people who use cannabis medically are vast and wildly diverse. From veterans suffering from PTSD, to those trying to ween off opiates and the millions who suffer from mental illness, medicinal marijuana has no one stereotypical face.



And no one proves that statement better than 12-year-old Alexis Bortell. Bortell currently lives on a 35-acre farm in Colorado with her family and many livestock. By all means, she’s a normal preteen in the fact that she enjoys reading and various other hobbies that most preteens would. However, one very distinct factor makes her stick out from her peers. Bortell, who suffers from a severe form of epilepsy called intractable epilepsy, is suing the Attorney General.


Yes, you read that correctly. To treat her intractable epilepsy, Bortell uses a cannabis-based oil called Cannatol Rx. The medicine is treated and administered the same way an Epi Pen would, with Bortell taking it if seizure symptoms were to begin occurring. The medicine has proved to be incredibly more successful compared to the laundry list of medications previously prescribed in treating her epilepsy back in their original home of Texas. Bortell says that since taking Cannatol, she hasn’t had a seizure in years.


Because of the overly confusing and convoluted laws surrounding marijuana, Bortell is suing Jeff Sessions on grounds that The Controlled Substances Act is unconstitutional as it relates to marijuana, according to Alexis’ attorney, Michael S. Hiller. Bortell is part of a larger group of plaintiffs, including former NFL lineman Marvin Washington, an Army veteran named Jose Belen and Jagger Cotte, a six-year-old suffering from Leigh Syndrome.


If successful, the lawsuit would not only make the federal government have to re-classify marijuana as well as give countless more Americans access to a much safer alternative than another laundry list of medications.


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