There are countless people across the country that aren’t pleased with our current US Attorney General. A lawsuit against Jeff Sessions contending that the federal prohibition of marijuana is unconstitutional will be heard in court tomorrow.
Aside from the many lawmakers who are taking action against Sessions’ decision to rescind the Cole Memo, there are others that are taking matters into their own hands.
A 12-Year-Old Girl and Four Others Suing Jeff Sessions
Alexis Bortell is a 12-year-old medical marijuana patient who uses cannabis to control symptoms of incapacitating epilepsy. To get the help she desperately needed, her and her parents moved from their home state of Texas to Colorado where they could legally access medical marijuana.
But because of federal restrictions on medical cannabis, she cannot leave the state legally with the medicine that has ultimately saved her life. Rather than sit on the sidelines, 12-year-old Bortell has taken matters into her own hands…and is suing the federal government and Jeff Sessions.
Bortell, along with four other plaintiffs, will go to court tomorrow. Those standing with Bortell in this lawsuit include her father, Dennis Bortell, Jagger and Sebastian Carter (another child and his father), Army veteran Jose Belen, and retired football player Marvin Washington. The Cannabis Cultural Association is part of the lawsuit as well.
Jeff Sessions Being Sued for Violating the Constitutional Rights of Medical Cannabis Patients Across the Country
The lawsuit against Sessions asserts that the Controlled Substances Act directly violates the Constitutional rights of patients who use medical marijuana.
Those suing Sessions will bring their case to court for the first time tomorrow. The case is scheduled to be an open hearing, and Jeff Sessions will be in attendance. A document, which will be read in the courtroom tomorrow reads:
‘Plaintiffs seek a declaration that the CSA, as it pertains to the classification of Cannabis as a Schedule I drug, is unconstitutional, because it violates the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment, an assortment of protections guaranteed by the First, Ninth and Tenth Amendments, plus the fundamental Right to Travel, the right to Equal Protection, and right to Substantive Due Process.”
Unfortunately, the young girl behind the lawsuit will not be able to attend the hearing. Not only can she not travel with her medicine, but she cannot travel without it.
If the lawsuit is successful, Bortell (and thousands of other medical marijuana patients) won’t have to face these problems in the future.