Flashback: Tween Troublesome-to-Deal with Epilepsy To Entry Medical Weed

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The original lawsuit argued that the US federal cannabis ban was unconstitutional.

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Angela Stelmakowich Picture by Alexis Bortell in 2019. / Picture by Alexis Bortell in 2019. / Photo by Alexis Bortell, Instagram

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Both recreational and medicinal marijuana are legal in Colorado. Regarding recreational herbs, individuals 21 and older can purchase certain quantities of cannabis from a licensed store upon presentation of valid ID. Regarding medical marijuana, patients with qualifying debilitating medical conditions can apply for a registration card for legal access. Seizures are one of the conditions on the list.

Texas has had a low-THC medical marijuana program for three years, but the Marijuana Policy Project characterizes access as “extremely restricted, leaving most patients behind.”

Although legislative steps are being taken in the state to extend the list of qualifying conditions, Calm Effect states that the THC limit of 0.5 percent for THC remains in place. Medicines must be in oil and inhalation form. They cannot be smoked. Some seizure disorders are on the qualification list.

Right now it’s not clear if the Bortell family will ever go home and access a medicine that will work, at least until federal and / or Texas law changes.

As such, the lawsuit against Sessions – as well as against the US Department of Justice and the US Drug Enforcement Administration – was intended to challenge the constitutionality of listing marijuana as a List 1 drug. Courthouse News reported last fall that the Justice Department had not yet submitted a response to the court at this point.

Ultimately, however, an answer was not required. Last fall, the US Supreme Court reported that, according to Marijuana, it would not hear the case for the moment.

The official court document filed in the southern district of New York states: “This lawsuit benefits tens of millions of Americans who need cannabis to treat their diseases and conditions but cannot safely obtain it.” NBC News reported at the time.

“I want to be able to visit my grandparents without the risk of being taken to a nursing home,” Alexis Bortell reportedly told KVRR in 2017, adding that she would also like to go to college in her home state. Time will tell if that is possible.

Despite the loss of court, Bortell appears to have plans to continue fighting for access to medical marijuana.

“Schedule II is not a freedom, so let’s go to SCOTUS,” she noted on Instagram earlier this month in response to a Marijuana Moment article from last April.

And in another recently published post, she wrote that she would like the government to prove it cares more than money and power by “recognizing the freedom and privacy of patients and by saying,” It increases our budget. ” completed. We patients don’t owe them anything to end this war against us. “

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