A 12-Year-Old Is Suing Attorney General Sessions to Legalize a Medicine That Keeps Her Seizure-Free

A 12-Year-Old Is Suing Attorney General Sessions to Legalize a Medicine That Keeps Her Seizure-Free

Attorney General Jeff Sessions might be a little shocked at the latest lawsuit filed against the government.

Alexis Bortell’s lawsuit to legalize medical marijuana was inspired by her move to Colorado a few years ago, reports Denver’s FOX 31. The 12-year-old was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was a little girl. As her seizures became worse, her pediatrician told her about an out-of-state treatment that might aid her and make serious brain surgery unnecessary: medical marijuana. Her family took the information and left their home in Texas in search of cannabis.

“As the seizures got worse, we had to move to Colorado to get cannabis, because it’s illegal in Texas,” she said.

Once she resided in a state where access to medical marijuana is legal, Bortell was able to make use of a strain of cannabis oil called Haleigh’s Hope. Her daily schedule now consists of a drop of a cannabis oil in the morning and a drop at night, and it’s left her seizure-free for two-and-a-half years. Bortell said that the cannabis was “better than brain surgery.”

Though Bortell’s health improved, the federal prohibition of marijuana has proven to be a roadblock in other parts of her life.

“I would like to be able to visit my grandparents without risking being taken to a foster home,” she said, speaking of how she was currently unable to return to Texas due to federal drug laws.

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Dennis Rodman Could Save Us All from Nuclear War

Dennis Rodman Could Save Us All from Nuclear War

Former Bulls star and North Korea’s leader are an unlikely pair that just may save us all – well, at least from a nuclear disaster that is. Dennis Rodman, who has also paid several visits to Kim Jong Un, says the two talk about everything but politics during Rodman’s trips to North Korea.

“I basically hang out with [Kim] all the time,” Rodman who was being interviewed on “Good Morning Britain” this past Wednesday. “We laugh, we sing karaoke, we do a lot of cool things together. We ride horses, we hand out, we go skiing.” Rodman is not only a five-time NBA champion but he is also one of the only Americans to meet Kim.

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There’s No Reason to Worry About the Supposed “Libertarian to Alt-Right Pipeline”

There’s No Reason to Worry About the Supposed “Libertarian to Alt-Right Pipeline”

Much ink has been spilled in the aftermath of Charlottesville about the supposed direct connection between libertarians and the alt-right. “Many prominent leaders of the alt-right have, at some point, identified as libertarian,” Matt Lewis notes in his seminal piece on the subject for the The Daily Beast, pointing to figures like Christopher Cantwell, Stefan Molyneux and Augustus Invictus. “It seems observably true that libertarianism is disproportionately a gateway drug to the alt-right,” he concludes.

Lewis’ article incited a firestorm of responses for and against his thesis, from The Washington Post to Reason to Rare. While it can’t be denied that a number of fellow travelers of liberty have fallen off the wagon, I don’t think there’s anything inherently about libertarianism to blame. Rather, the shifting context of American politics can explain what attracted such unfortunate characters to the freedom crowd in the first place.

The philosophy of freedom, for most of its history, has been seen as an outlier ideology in the United States. Indeed, the term “libertarian” as a political label did not come into its own until the mid-twentieth century, propelled by figures like Murray Rothbard. Our European cousins, by contrast, seem to have long understood the historical connection between modern-day libertarianism and classical liberalism, with mainstream “liberal” parties scattered across the continent.

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There’s No Reason to Worry About the Supposed “Libertarian to Alt-Right Pipeline”

There's No Reason to Worry About the Supposed "Libertarian to Alt-Right Pipeline"

Much ink has been spilled in the aftermath of Charlottesville about the supposed direct connection between libertarians and the alt-right. “Many prominent leaders of the alt-right have, at some point, identified as libertarian,” Matt Lewis notes in his seminal piece on the subject for the The Daily Beast, pointing to figures like Christopher Cantwell, Stefan Molyneux and Augustus Invictus. “It seems observably true that libertarianism is disproportionately a gateway drug to the alt-right,” he concludes.
Lewis’ article incited a firestorm of responses for and against his thesis, from The Washington Post to Reason to Rare. While it can’t be denied that a number of fellow travelers of liberty have fallen off the wagon, I don’t think there’s anything inherently about libertarianism to blame. Rather, the shifting context of American politics can explain what attracted such unfortunate characters to the freedom crowd in the first place.
The philosophy of freedom, for most of its history, has been seen as an outlier ideology in the United States. Indeed, the term “libertarian” as a political label did not come into its own until the mid-twentieth century, propelled by figures like Murray Rothbard. Our European cousins, by contrast, seem to have long understood the historical connection between modern-day libertarianism and classical liberalism, with mainstream “liberal” parties scattered across the continent.
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Rand Paul Wants Harvey Relief to Come From Spending Cuts

Rand Paul Wants Harvey Relief to Come From Spending Cuts

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is proposing that the United States use spending cuts to fund approximately $8 billion in aid for areas hit by Hurricane Harvey.

The senator says that the GOP should add spending cuts to the House-passed hurricane bill once it reaches the Senate. For now, Republicans are expected to attach a deal that would continue to fund the government and raise the debt ceiling for three months.

Being against deficit spending and increasing the debt ceiling is nothing new for Paul.

“As the Senate prepares to vote on hurricane aid, I will be introducing an ‘America First’ amendment to cut wasteful spending from abroad to pay for much-needed relief here at home,” Paul said, adding that “any new spending should be offset by significant reforms.”

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