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Epileptic 12-Year-Old Girl Sues US Over Marijuana Law

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Dean Bortell and his daughter Alexis (David Zalubowski/AP)

By    |   Monday, 13 November 2017 07:48 PM

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is being sued by a 12-year-old girl with epilepsy over the nation's marijuana policy.

Texas-born Alexis Bortell has filed a suit in New York claiming the federal prohibition on marijuana is unconstitutional.

"She just wants to be like everybody else," Alexis' father, Dean Bortell, told NBC News.

"When she grows up she wants to be free to choose where she lives and what she does for a living. She wants to be treated like an American citizen and not just a state citizen. She doesn't want to have to fear going to jail every time she sees a police officer."

The youngster, who uses a strain of cannabis oil called Haleigh's Hope to help with her seizures, had to move from Texas to Colorado because her traditional medicine was not helping — and the family wanted to be able to legally obtain cannabis oils to help treat the sixth-grader.

"As the seizures got worse, we had to move to Colorado to get cannabis because it's illegal in Texas," Alexis told Fox affiliate in Colorado.

In her complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York in July, the girl's lawyer, Michael Hiller, argues the youngster ran the gamut of prescription pills, all of which failed to control her seizures before she was left with two options: brain surgery or cannabis, NBC News reported.

A drop of liquid THC twice a day has kept her seizure-free for two-and-a-half years.

"I'd say it's a lot better than brain surgery," which doctors had previously offered, the youngster told the Fox affiliate.

Alexis and her family hope if the suit is successful, she can finally return her Texas home, NBC News reported.

"She's a little kid that survived big-world knocks and is still standing," Dean Bortell told NBC News.

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