Political Happenings: 10-year-old medical marijuana patient to speak in Tyler

Published on Friday, 6 May 2016 18:36 - Written by


A 10-year-old Texas girl whose family moved to Colorado so she could receive medical marijuana treatment for epilespsy will speak at Liberty Hall in Tyler on May 14. 

Alexis Bortell, of Rowlett, has intractable epilepsy, which can trigger seizures at any time, though they primarily occur while she sleeps. After trying more than a dozen medications and medicine combinations in an effort to minimize the frequency and severity of her seizures, she and her family moved to Colorado so she could try certain cannabis extracts that her doctors believed might help. 

Since moving to Colorado in February 2015, Alexis has not had a seizure in more than a year while under the care of a board certified and state licensed medical physician, according to an event news release. 

State Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, invited the family to come to East Texas to tell their story in order to promote medical freedom here. 

“Nothing should ever prevent a parent from seeking the best medical treatment for their child,” Simpson said. “The fact the Bortell family had to move out of state to care for Alexis is simply outrageous and an indictment on our state’s policy.” 

The free program, sponsored by CANNLIV, is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. at 110 W. Erwin St. and is open to the public. 

It will include a question-and-answer session between Alexis and audience members with Cindy Trimble of KTBB Radio serving as the moderator.

- Emily Guevara



Texas House of Representatives District 5 candidate Cole Hefner announced the endorsement of Rep. Bryan Hughes.

Hughes has represented House District 5 in the Texas Legislature since he was elected in 2002.

“In case there is any question about this, my vote and my endorsement in House District 5 goes to Cole Hefner,” said Hughes. “He is the one we can count on to fight Obamacare, secure the border, fight for religious freedom and stand up to the federal government.”

- Roy Maynard