Jeff Sessions Flip-Flops, Says Obama-Era Marijuana Policies Are Still in Effect

Lester Mason
November 15, 2017

According to ABC news, Alex Bortell's father and a team of plaintiffs have filed a a suit against the attorney general, the Department of Justice, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the entire South District of NY.

Alexis Bortell, a 12-year-old forced to relocate with her family to access medical marijuana, is suing U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions.

Bortell has been suffering with seizures since she was 7-years-old.

The lawsuit argues that all Americans that require Cannabis treatment for several illnesses should have it available, in a safe and legal way to obtain. He also conceded that cannabis is not as unsafe as heroin and that a current budget rider prevents the Department of Justice from prosecuting people who are in compliance with state medical marijuana laws.

But when it comes to medical marijuana, there are no longer good arguments for it not being legal.


"She just wants to be like everybody else", Alexis's father, Dean Bortell, told NBC News. "Nothing she tried worked", the suit states. She wants to be treated like an American citizen and not just a state citizen.

Alexis, whose family moved to Colorado from Texas to take advantage of the state's legalization of recreational and medical marijuana, had been suffering since she was 7 from a form of epilepsy that can not be safely controlled with FDA-approved treatments and procedures, the lawsuit says. It has kept her seizure-free for 2.5 years.

He also admitted that the Department of Justice is now prevented from using its resources to interfere with states that legalize marijuana. She would have to choose between living a normal life and going to get higher education for a better future. At this moment, Texas does have a law on medical marijuana under The Compassionate Use Act signed by Gov. Greg Abbott in 2015.

Bortell's lawsuit added that if the case was won, it could help "the restoration of communities hardest hit and most egregiously stigmatized by the Federal Government's misguided and Crusades-like 'War on Drugs.'" In 2001, the American Civil Liberties Union published a report on the "War on Drugs" and shed light on the increased incarceration rate with "two million people fill [ing] the prisons and jails of the United States".

Reclassifying marijuana would make it easier for researchers to work with the plant, which could result in the discovery of more life-saving drugs like the one that Bortell (and thousands of other children) rely on.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER