11-year old girl joins former NFL player’s lawsuit to decriminalize cannabis

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

An 11-year old girl from Texas is suing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to decriminalize medical cannabis nationwide.

Alexis Bortell suffered from crippling seizures before she found relief in CBD oil. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound of the cannabis plant which does not cause psychoactive effects and can be used for medical purposes.

Bortell lived in Rowlett, Texas, where her family attempted to manage her condition with pharmaceuticals. After being administered CBD oil, her seizures became less frequent than when she used traditional medications. Bortell and her family moved to Denver, Colorado where she can get her medicine legally, unlike her hometown in Texas.

Bortell joined the lawsuit against Jeff Sessions with former NFL player Marvin Washington to grant people who suffer from debilitating diseases, like herself, the ability to use medical cannabis and travel anywhere in the country. Cannabis is illegal under federal law, and legislation which differs between states limit travel for patients who need their access frequently.

Although this may not be the first lawsuit to challenge the Schedule I status of cannabis under the Controlled Substances Act, the suit uniquely argues the 5th Amendment due process clause, the commerce clause and 10th amendment which argues the government’s actions against cannabis as overreach.