DALLAS , Texas (KDAF) — Nine-year-old Alexis Bortell wants to be the poster girl who gets medical marijuana legalized in the Lone Star State.
“I think that it should be legal in Texas because every child should live a normal life,” Alexis Bortell told NewsFix last month.
We first talked to Alexis a year ago. For most of her life, she’s been dealing with daily epileptic seizures. Her parents were told by a specialist and doctors medical cannabis might stop them.
But getting the drug they needed wasn’t easy.
“We’ve always said if Alexis’ health or life was in danger we would leave,” her father Dean Bortell said.
After a scary epileptic episode last month, the Bortells made the difficult decision to relocate to Colorado where Alexis has access to the medicine she needs.
The Team Alexis Facebook page shows her amazing transformation into a normal kid.
“Since the first dose, she has not had a single symptom or seizure and we’re on day 22 now.”
But Alexis’ dad says they haven’t stopped lobbying to get marijuana legalized here in Texas.
This session, the Texas Legislature has an unprecedented number of bills — 11 in all — and plenty of folks are hoping Texas will be next to join the cannabis craze.
Alexis and her family say they want to come home to Texas but can’t do that unless the House bill they support passes.
“I love Texas because my family is here, my school, and my home,” Alexis told NewsFix last month.
“To allow Alexis and all of the refugees here in Colorado from Texas and other states to come home. You know, we would be able to come back to Texas,” Mr. Bortell said.
There’s definitely no place like home.