A 12-year-old who claims she needs Marijuana oil as a medical treatment for fits is suing the Attorney General Jeff Sessions over his policy that would make it more difficult for her to obtain.
Alexis Bortell, who uses cannabis oil to keep seizures at bay, she told Fox 31 in Denver that she “hopes the lawsuit will at least normalize medical marijuana. Her best hope, she said, is that it will legalize it nationwide.”
And while it is sad that a young girl has to use medication to treat her illness, the idea that the AG should unilaterally legalize marijuana across the nation is a flawed one. If medical marijuana is a proven treatment, then shouldn’t it be dispensed in the same manner as other medications?
To conflate this lawsuit with across the board legalization is a bad idea. Sure, there is an argument to be made for legalizing the drug, but in this case, having access to a medical treatment should not be conflated with the nationwide roll-out of an arguably dangerous drug.
According to The Hill:
“Medical marijuana has so far been legalized in 29 states and Washington, D.C. While the substance is still prohibited at the federal level, certain protections prevent the Justice Department from using federal funds to prosecute medical marijuana users in states where the substance is legal.”
So what is this case about? She has access to the drug. As do many who also need it for real medical conditions. Is there another agenda behind this an is Bortell being used as a pawn in a grand game?