Medical marijuana activist, user, and legalization poster child Alexis Bortell has filed a lawsuit against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding medical marijuana legalization.
Alexis started using medical cannabis once her family moved to Colorado, a move they were forced on by the federal and state government of Texas forced them to by not legalizing medical cannabis for all.
“As the seizures got worse, we had to move to Colorado to get cannabis because it’s illegal in Texas,” she explained.
The young girl says she would like to visit her grandparents without fear of getting busted with cannabis oil and sent to a foster family somewhere deep in the heart of Texas.
Her father, Dean Bortell said that he doesn’t understand or support the archaic laws of Texas, and how come cannabis is still a Schedule 1 drug, just like heroin.
“How is that rationale? It’s not compassionate either, but rationality? It’s just outrageous,” he said.
Alexis is treated for severe seizures, a condition for which she is given a drop of oil in the morning and another at night right before bed.
She says she prefers the oil over brain surgery.
FDA is open to medical cannabis for veterans
It seems that the US Food and Drug Agency (FDA) has started opening up to the possibilities of introducing cannabis as a medicine, or at least on a small scale.
“We’ve had good experiences working with the FDA,” said Brad Burge, communications director at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) when asked about their past collaborations with the FDA.
Burge also pointed out that the FDA is not the one holding up the process of getting medical cannabis to their experimenting and testing facilities, but rather other federal agencies.
“We have a long relationship with the FDA — a lot through our MDMA research. They’ve been open to approving research protocols into Schedule I drugs,” said Burge.
He also mentioned that the fact that the National Institutes of Drug Abuse have a monopoly on growing cannabis for research purposes is not helping their cause either.
However, the most shocking thing is surely lack of support for the study from Veterans Affairs.
Germans don’t want medical cannabis
On the other side of the Atlantic, Europe is getting more and more countries on board with medical cannabis, as Poland just legalized medical cannabis on a national level.
However, it’s neighbor Germany has had medical cannabis for almost a full year now since in January the Bundestag (German parliament) passed a law that officially made marijuana legal for medicinal purposes.
So far there is no federal proposal to fully legalize marijuana in Germany, as it seems that the general opinion of medical marijuana hasn’t been very popular.
According to the recent poll, 63% of German citizens are opposed to the legalization of marijuana. In fact, medical cannabis is mostly a political thing in Germany.
Here are some other statistics this poll has found:
- 70% of women are against the legal acquisition and possession of cannabis
- 56% of men said they were also against the legalization of the drug
- 72$ of people over the age of 60 support continued prohibition
- 43% of those under 30 were pro-legalization
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone up to date with cannabis in Germany, as the recent poll findings are not too different from results in a similar survey two years ago.