November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month, and approximately 470,000 children in the United States have epilepsy.
12-year-old Alexis Bortell is one of those children, and she has been seizure free for two and a half years thanks to a cannabis regimen. Traditional medications for epilepsy boast an 80 percent success rate along with a string of side effects, such as sedation, double vision, weight gain, irritability, skin rashes, dizziness, and gum dysplasia. Cannabidiol (CBD), on the other hand, helped reduce seizures in nearly 37 percent of patients tested and was not accompanied by the laundry list of negative side effects that Big Pharma has to offer their patients.
The law is very selective with whom it chooses to assist and whom it chooses to eviscerate. Luck and location serve to be the dividing line between consuming cannabis in peace or being locked away. Marijuana’s Federal status as a Schedule I drug means to imply that it has no medical purposes—none at all. So then why, pray tell, are there so many cases of cannabidiol mitigating the effects of and/or curing certain ailments such as seizures, cancer, PTSD, insomnia, et cetera? The government, and in particular Jeff Sessions, have chosen to ignore this evidence and instead focus on negative stigmas and the fake research performed by Big Pharma companies.
Alexis Bortell explained how traditional medicine was doing nothing to hinder her seizures. As her seizures began to worsen, Alexis Bortell and her family moved from Texas to Colorado to pursue cannabis as a treatment option. A drop of Liquid THC in the morning and night has aided her far beyond the parameters of what pharmaceuticals had to offer. But now, she fears returning to Texas to visit her grandparents due to her medicine’s illegality. She does not want to be thrown into foster care.
Thus, she has decided to sue Jeff Sessions for the Federal Legalization of Cannabis. She is accompanied by another child, a military veteran, a marijuana advocacy group and former Broncos player Marvin Washington. The federal government has lost its first motion to have the case dismissed.
Huge hats off to this brave young girl—DOPE Magazine stands with her in this mission to defend our plant everywhere.
It is a daily battle—a daily mission to defend from the obdurate government, from the unenlightened, from those who simply can’t “science” or “data” or “logic”—but we do it for people like Alexis Bortell. A child with epilepsy should not be denied the medication that may minimize or prevent seizures, and she should not be forced to relocate her entire life to obtain access to it. This is the current state of affairs and it isn’t going to improve until we come together and push for Federal Legalization.
For more on Cannabis as a treatment for epilepsy, please visit marijuanadoctors.com
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