Sessions, a long time cannabis prohibitionist, said "Our policy is the same really, fundamentally, as the Holder-Lynch policy, which is that the federal law remains in effect, and a state can legalize marijuana for its law enforcement purposes but it still remains illegal with regard to federal purposes".
Approximately three years ago Alexis had to leave her home in Texas in order to treat her severe form of epilepsy - known as intractable epilepsy - with cannabis. Her daily schedule now consists of a drop of a cannabis oil in the morning and a drop at night, and it's left her seizure-free for two-and-a-half years.
The treatment has been effective for more than two years, and Bortell judges it, "a lot better than brain surgery", she told Rolling Stone.
But, now that she's on the stuff, Bortell is essentially trapped in Colorado or the other 29 states that allow medical marijuana usage.
But Alexis says the federal law restricting marijuana use prevents her from returning to her old home in Texas.
Since the 1970s, the Drug Enforcement Agency has classified marijuana as a Schedule One drug, which means it's considered a drug that poses a safety issue, has the potential for abuse and has no medicinal objective or use.
In Bortell's case, she can not travel without cannabis oil-a treatment she has opted for over brain surgery-and that limits her ability to visit her grandparents' home state of Texas (where medical marijuana is illegal) or to go onto military bases with her veteran parents, reports NBC News.
"How is that rationale?"
"She just wants to be like everybody else", Alexis' father, Dean Bortell, told NBC News. He showed the Problem Solvers his backyard fields, where he grows five acres of marijuana plants used to derive the very medicine that helps his daughter and patients he's never met. I would hope that you would look at marijuana and at the states as the laboratories of democracy, and see how they've helped. "And so, I would hope that you would take a look at that". "You said at one time that good people don't smoke marijuana". Alexis' New York City attorney Michael Hiller argues it should be legal nationwide.
"This lawsuit stands to benefit tens of millions of Americans who require, but are unable to safely obtain, Cannabis for the treatment of their illnesses, diseases and medical conditions", the suit states. That is of course absurd.
"Alright. Quickly", said Cohen, adding, "Is John Kasich a good person?" "We now live in an era where 62% of Americans live in a state where the medical use of cannabis is legal at the state level".
12-year-old Alexis Bortell is spearheading a campaign to legalize medical marijuana across the country.
The federal government has lost its first motion to have the case dismissed. Others have joined in on the lawsuit, including another child, a marijuana advocacy group, a military veteran and former Denver Broncos player Marvin Washington.