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12-year-old girl suing to legalize marijuana nationwide

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Alexis Bortell, 12, is suing U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to legalize medical marijuana nationwide. (KDVR via CNN) Alexis Bortell, 12, is suing U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to legalize medical marijuana nationwide. (KDVR via CNN)

(KDVR/CNN) -- A 12-year-old Colorado girl who uses medical marijuana to control her seizures is suing U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to legalize medical marijuana nationwide.

Alexis Bortell, along with her father and other plaintiffs, filed the lawsuit against the attorney general, the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The young girl and her family moved to Colorado from Texas to access medical marijuana after a doctor said it may help her condition.

She has suffered since age 7 from a form of epilepsy that cannot be safely controlled with FDA-approved treatments, according to the lawsuit.

A pediatrician mentioned medical marijuana after doctors recommended invasive brain surgery.

“I’d say it’s a lot better than brain surgery,” Bortell told KDVR.

A drop of THC twice a day has kept her seizure-free for two and a half years, but Bortell said the federal law restricting marijuana use prevents her from returning to her native Texas.

“I would like to be able to visit my grandparents without risking being taken to a foster home,” Bortell said on why she decided to join the lawsuit.

The lawsuit states that the 12-year-old would like to attend college in her home state, but would be subject to arrest if she continued to use marijuana as treatment.

Another child, a marijuana advocacy group, a military veteran and former Denver Broncos player Marvin Washington have also joined the suit.

The U.S. lost its first motion to dismiss the case.

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