Alexis Bortell, a 12 year old girl from America, has been free of epilepsy seizures for 2 years now since taking cannabis. She has had no side effects or evidence of toxicity. She believes she should have the constitutional right to choose cannabis above conventional medication.
Her lawyer takes it a step further. He says that this case is about freedom of speech and the right to be left alone. It is a case that highlights the choices around preservation of life and health. Individuals should have the right to choose cannabis as their medication if it is going to save their life.
Natural Medication That Works
Alexis Bortell takes cannabis oil twice a day using a syringe. She carries a THC spray around with her to deal with auras, or pre-seizure moments. Her epilepsy is a life-threatening disease and her cannabis medication has stopped these fits for two years now.
Alexis is doing well at school now. She had to visit the school nurse at least once a day to get assistance for her seizures and aura before she tried cannabis. Bortell’s court case is the first of its kind. It is one that represents others who have stakes in cannabis and its health qualities:
- Jagger Cotte, aged 6, suffers from Leigh’s Disease (which usually results in death within a few years as the body’s mental and physical abilities stop working)
- Jose Belen: suffers Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from the war and is disabled
- Marvin Washington: an ex pro football player who is selling CBD products
- The Cannabis Cultural Association: a non-profit association assisting people of colour to become part of the cannabis industry.
They say that the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) encroaches on individual constitutional rights as it makes cannabis unlawful.
Millions Versus the Government
But those defending the CSA want the case to be dismissed. There would be an appeal from Bortell’s lawyers again. If they win the case, millions of people would benefit. The lawyers say that the reason for the listing of cannabis under Schedule 1 is nonsense and based on untruths and politics.
It is quite obvious to those who use cannabis and benefit from its health properties that the plant is definitely not in the Schedule 1 category. There is very little possibility for abuse. It is medically useful and it is not so risky that it should be tried under severe medicinal regulation!
A Young Heroine
Appeals will result from either side no matter what happens to this case. The status of cannabis will be highlighted yet again. These things need to be spoken about. Thanks to the mature and soft-spoken Alexis Bortell, cannabis is in the limelight again. The plant oils have saved her life and she would like others to benefit too. This is a case in the public interest and where individual rights are at the core.
The US government has a patent on cannabis to treat chronic diseases like HIV induced dementia, autoimmune diseases, Parkinson’s Alzheimers and others! This is unbeknown to many people who want cannabis to be medically legal and who do not understand why the government does not reschedule the plant. This contradicts the scheduling of cannabis as a dangerous drug!
Bortell is leading a relatively normal life, attending school, playing with friends and eating well. She aims to change the world where good forces win over evil. She wants to be a lawyer or doctor one day – and that goes without saying.
Background to This Story
Alexis Bortell is a young girl with green power at her fingertips. She is about to change the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) in America thanks to her campaign to make cannabis legal as a medication countrywide for incurable diseases. If she is successful, this 12-year-old activist, who suffers from epilepsy, will open the door for cannabis cures for 5 other cannabis complainants who need weed for their survival.
Many states in the USA have legalised cannabis for medical use only. Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington have also legalised recreational use of marijuana. Now Bortell is the main subject in a fascinating national court case: she wants to be allowed to move across state lines with her cannabis medication.
And she wants to be able to use it freely. She cannot presently move from Colorado where cannabis is legal. Even if she got to Washington DC, she would not be permitted to take her cannabis anywhere near federal land (and her father, Dean Bortell, is a military vet).
The government is therefore required by law to permit medical use of the drug. Or to remove it from their control altogether. But the US government still maintains that cannabis is dangerous enough to merit Schedule 1 status – that it is open to abuse and has no medical use in the USA.