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Southwest Cannabis Conference 2016
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FORT WORTH — It was a homecoming that even a 10-year-old girl with a big imagination couldn’t quite foresee.

On Sunday afternoon, medical marijuana user Alexis Bortell returned to Texas for the first time in a long time.

She was embraced by family and friends in a surprise reception as she walked into the Fort Worth Convention Center.

“It was pretty much a big surprise,” said Bortell.

Her family was forced to relocate to Colorado after she couldn’t legally get the cannabis oils needed to help treat her epileptic seizures here in Texas.

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At the Southwest Cannabis Conference and Expo, she spoke about the need for expanded medical marijuana use in in the Lone Star state after the bill signed last session failed to go “far enough,” in her family’s words.

“It’s low on THC. We need to up the THC, so I can come home,” Bortell said.

The larger marijuana conference drew an estimated 6,000 attendees from across the state.

Exhibits featured everything marijuana-related, as most of the presenters said they are preparing for the day when smoking pot is no longer considered a crime.

Organizers said they could return next year because of the enthusiastic turnout. 


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