Where do you stand with marijuana? Recreationally, I think it is disgusting and I do not advocate it. However, medically, marijuana plants work miracles! They help with seizures, headaches, craps, anxiety, and much more.
One 12-year-old girl in Colorado knows the medical aspect of the drug all too well, as she uses it to keep her seizures under control. Now, she is suing Attorney General Jeff Sessions over an “unconstitutional federal prohibition” on the plant.
Alexis Bortell, who uses a strain of cannabis oil called Haleigh’s Hope to keep seizures at bay, told Fox 31 in Denver that she hopes the lawsuit will at least normalize medical marijuana. Her best hope, she said, is that it will legalize it nationwide.
Marijuana is currently classified as a Schedule I drug — the same classification as heroin, and considered more dangerous than substances like cocaine, methamphetamine and fentanyl, an often-deadly synthetic opioid.
But Bortell and others contend that marijuana does, in fact, carry some medical benefits, and that the current federal prohibition ignores people that have been helped by the drug.
According to Fox 31, Bortell and her family moved to Colorado to be able to legally obtain cannabis oil to treat her epilepsy. Doctors in her home state of Texas had discussed the possibility of brain surgery for the young girl.
Bortell said, “I’d say it’s a lot better than brain surgery.”
Medical marijuana has so far been legalized in 29 states and Washington, D.C. While the substance is still prohibited at the federal level, certain protections prevent the Justice Department from using federal funds to prosecute medical marijuana users in states where the substance is legal.
Sessions, along with many Republicans, are pushing harder policies when it comes to the substance.
It is a tricky line to toe. I think that we need to legalize medical marijuana, and even though I do not like recreational marijuana, perhaps it should be legalized and regulated like alcohol.
The capitalist in me supports that movement because we can monetize the sales, and bring in more money. It would be a massive industry.
What do you think?