U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is being sued by a 12-year-old Colorado girl who is seeking to legalize medical marijuana across the United States. As reported by ABC News, the lawsuit was filed in the Southern District of New York and includes other plaintiffs such as former NFL player Marvin Washington.
While medical marijuana is legal under state law in several jurisdictions, including Colorado, this lawsuit seeks to make the drug legal nationwide. According to the lawsuit, the young girl was forced to move to Colorado from Texas so that she could use medical marijuana to treat her form of epilepsy, which cannot be safely controlled using FDA-approved treatments and procedures.
Prior to moving, the girl often had multiple seizures a day, and no treatment she tried worked. However, when she was eventually able to use a form of marijuana, she found immediate relief, and she has now been seizure-free for more than two years, the lawsuit states.
While the girl would someday like to return to Texas — possibly for college — her lawsuit contends she is unable to do so since she would face possible arrest if she continued with her medical marijuana therapy in Texas.
Even though it is far too early to tell how this case will play out, court documents state that “[t]his lawsuit stands to benefit tens of millions of American who require, but are unable to safely obtain, Cannabis for the treatment of their illnesses, diseases and medical conditions.”