Alexis Bortell, along with her father and other plaintiffs, including former NFL player Marvin Washington, filed suit in the Southern District of New York against the attorney general as well as the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Agency, because they want to legalize medical marijuana nationwide. Many states now allow use of marijuana for at least some medical reasons. This lawsuit would make medical marijuana legal
“This lawsuit stands to benefit tens of millions of Americans who require, but are unable to safely obtain, Cannabis for the treatment of their illnesses, diseases and medical conditions,” the suit states. Alexis had been suffering since she was 7 from a form of epilepsy that cannot be safely controlled with FDA-approved treatments and procedures. Her family moved to Colorado to take advantage of the state’s legalization of medical marijuana. Before that, she had multiple seizures a day. After being on whole-plant medical Cannabis, Alexis has had two years free of seizures.The suit contends that Alexis won’t be able to return to her native Texas where she hopes to attend college because she would be subject to arrest if she continued to use marijuana to control her seizures.ABC News reached out to the Justice Department for comment on the lawsuit but did not get an immediate response.