9-Year-Old Girl Leads The Fight To Legalize Medical Marijuana In Texas (Video)

Photo credit: Analiza Bortell

Photo credit: Analiza Bortell

Right now there’s an ongoing debate in this country concerning the legalization of recreational marijuana. And while the tide has definitely turned toward public support for such action, there are still controversies that surround the substance that will need to be put to rest once and for all before we see marijuana legalized on a national scale.

That being said, the debate over medical marijuana should be far simpler. I’m not sure why anyone would oppose legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. If it’s proven to help people with certain aliments, and it’s proven to be safer than many of the legal prescriptions people are allowed to take now, then what the hell is the problem?

If someone’s quality of life can be drastically improved, it’s asinine for anyone to prevent that from happening. Unfortunately, in far too many states, that’s exactly what happens.

Texas happens to be one of them.

Well, 9-year-old Alexis Bortell is trying to change that. Alexis suffers from severe epilepsy that threatens her life every single day. Recently, her family took a trip to Colorado where specialists there determined that her quality of life could be drastically improved – and symptoms drastically reduced – by using medical marijuana.

The problem is, that’s not an option in Texas where Alexis has turned into an unlikely leading advocate in her home state to push lawmakers to legalize medical marijuana. If the state doesn’t legalize medical marijuana this May, Alexis’ parents have said they’ll have no choice but to move to Colorado, something the self-described “Texas girl” doesn’t want to do.

This is an issue that’s even being taken up on a national stage in an extremely rare showing of bipartisanship as Sen. Corey Booker (D-NJ), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) are set to propose legislation that would protect state medical marijuana laws on the federal level and reclassify marijuana as a Schedule II drug.

Parents all over the country have been flocking to Colorado to help treat their children who suffer from similar life-threatening issues such as those little 9-year-old Alexis is currently having to suffer through. But it’s ridiculous that people are having to uproot their families just to properly treat these children suffering from debilitating illnesses because the states where they currently live haven’t legalized marijuana for medical uses.

This shouldn’t even be a debated issue. The vast majority of medical experts will say that not only is medical marijuana extremely beneficial to some patients, but it’s much safer than many of the drugs that can legally be prescribed to practically everyone, everywhere.

It is completely asinine to support drugs that are more harmful and less effective, while opposing something that’s safer and has proven to help many sick patients much more than other medications.

But let me make one thing clear – we’re not talking about children lighting up a joint or a bong to “get high.” In Alexis’ case, it’s oils taken from the plant that are turned into medicine that she can take to help battle her life-threatening epilepsy. When people hear “medical marijuana,” I think far too many are getting the wrong idea. While some do smoke the substance, that’s not how it’s administered for children. That’s a common misperception I get from many who oppose legalizing it for medical purposes, which only goes to show that much of the opposition to legalizing medical marijuana is based on ignorance rather than fact.

Watch Alexis talk about why this is important to her below:

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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