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After severe seizure, Texas 9-year-old heads for Colorado to receive medical marijuana

Alexis Bortell is a nine-year-old who suffers from seizures and was recommended medical marijuana by a doctor to help with her seizures.
Alexis Bortell is a nine-year-old who suffers from seizures and was recommended medical marijuana by a doctor to help with her seizures.

A 9-year-old girl who has become a face of the medical marijuana movement in Texas due to her seizures is now having to move to Colorado for medical treatment due to Texas law.

Alexis Bortell has been suffering from severe seizures and after doctors in Colorado recommended medical cannabis due to the ineffectiveness of her other medicines, she found herself speaking at rallies and giving interviews to news outlets in support of legalizing medical marijuana in Texas.

Last Wednesday though she suffered a severe seizure and has been having health issues since then.

Her father Dean announced that because of what has happened, he and his wife have had to step in and ensure she gets the treatment she needs by moving to Colorado.

It is with a heavy heart that I announce that we have decided to relocate Alexis to Colorado with her mom and sister ASAP.

Tracy Ansley and I (me commuting back and forth) will remain in Texas to fight on behalf of Team Alexis. This is a medical decision. Alexis’s health has been up and down since the major seizure Wednesday and today has been another horrible day. Alexis is obviously heart broken but her health must come first and we had to step in as parents.

Alexis spoke at the Cowtown Medical Marijuana Rally in Fort Worth on Saturday, which drew about 500 people.

A statement was released through her Team Alexis Facebook page, “we aren’t giving up. We are merely getting Alexis the help she needs now but given that we hadn’t logistically planned on doing it until June, we need your help. Thank you for your love and support.”

They’ve set up a Go Fund Me account for anyone wishing to help with moving expenses.

Alexis’ medicine is currently being made and will be available for her to begin treatment on February 16.

“We are trying Alexis and may you one day forgive me for failing to stop your eviction but we simply ran out of time. We can’t wait on Austin any longer. You should be proud young lady and know that I love you more than you may ever understand,” her father stated.

The Texas legislature is set to take up several cannabis related bills this session, including a whole plant medical marijuana bill.

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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is a 30 year old journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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