Alexis Bortell suffered from such serious epilepsy that doctors recommended brain surgery to treat her seizures. But then, Bortell moved with her family from Texas to Colorado, where medical marijuana was legal. Now, Bortell takes a drop of liquid THC in the morning and another one at night. She’s been seizure-free for two-and-a-half years.
While this is certainly a win for Bortell’s health, the 12-year-old cannot return to Texas and stay on the only medicine that has successfully treated her seizures. Because medical marijuana is illegal in Texas, if she were to return, she risks being taken away from her parents.