Jason Whitely, WFAA
      Alexis Bortell's family decided they can't wait any longer for Texas lawmakers to act on legalizing medical cannabis. They're moving to a suburb of Denver next week.
DALLAS – Dean Bortell said he can no longer wait on lawmakers in Austin to act on legalizing medical cannabis for his 9-year-old daughter who suffers from epileptic seizures.
"February 4, she had the worst seizure of her life. Paramedics had to come. She stopped breathing," said Dean.
The Bortell's planned to move to Colorado after the legislative session in May but have now moved up their departure to next Monday after Alexis' most recent seizure that brought on stroke-like symptoms.
The Bortells planned to move to Colorado in May, but aren't waiting any longer for lawmakers to act on legalizing medical cannabis. They'll move to a suburb of Denver Monday.
Pharmaceuticals failed her and are unable to control Alexis' seizures. So, early next week they will move to a suburb of Denver where medical marijuana is legal so their 9-year-old can begin receiving it.
"I think it'll help stop my seizures and shakes with no side effects," said Alexis.
Before leaving, the 9-year-old and her dad gave their last interview to Inside Texas Politics, which will air Sunday morning at 9 a.m. on Channel 8.
Alexis will receive an oil extracted from the cannabis plant. It's nothing that will get her high but just control moments when she blacks out in a seizure, her father said.
The 9-year-old has yet to even sample the oil to know if it works since it would be illegal for her to do so as a resident of Texas.
Two Republicans, including state Rep. Stephanie Klick, a Tea Partier from Fort Worth, introduced bills to help patients like Alexis.
But Rep. Klick said she faces a challenge selling it to her conservative colleagues.
"I think once they understand that the approach that we've outlined in our bill has a low propensity for abuse. It has no street value. It's not a product people are going to get high on," explained Rep. Klick.
Supporters are hopeful but resistance remains since both Governor Abbott and Lt. Gov. Patrick both oppose medical marijuana.
That lessens the likelihood that lawmakers will seriously consider cannabis that could potentially help patients like Alexis when pharmaceuticals do not.

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