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Denton based Rep. Crownover declines 2016 run after skirmish

Rep. Myra Crownover (R) Denton
Rep. Myra Crownover (R) Denton

Texas state Rep. Myra Crownover has announced that she will not seek reelection in 2016.

The Denton based Republican just finished her first tumultuous session where she chaired the Texas House of Representatives Public Health Committee as a freshman.

As chair of that committee, Crownover faced backlash due to her unwillingness to allow a vote on several medical marijuana bills, one of which ultimately passed by originating in the Senate.

At one point, Crownover’s office took action against Texans asking for a vote on the bills by shutting down the phone lines to her office.

Another major point of contention came when she actively worked against her own constituents, overturning a local fracking ban in Denton by helping make such bans illegal at the state level.

“It has been an honor to represent the fine people of Denton County, and I will always be thankful for the trust you have given me. After prayerful consideration, I have decided it is time for the next chapter of my life,” Crownover said in a statement.

A resident of Denton who often tried to work with Crownover on getting medical marijuana legislation passed, including testifying during a very emotional committee hearing, wished her well after her time in office.

Texas Marijuana Policy Advocacy Workshops — January 2018
Texas Marijuana Policy Advocacy Workshops — January 2018

“It has been a pleasure working this past session on some great marijuana reform bills going through the house,” said Caroline Turner, who is the director of Denton NORML, a sub-chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

Turner added, “One of the biggest reasons I chose to start Denton NORML was because I realized how strategic of an area we were to the medical marijuana movement. Our representative being the chair of the public health committee meant that we desperately needed Myra Crownover on our side. Polls have shown that 67 percent of Denton County residents support medical marijuana. With that being said, I’m glad to get a better shot at proper representation in the future. We’ll never know what her real reasons are for deciding against running again, but one can only speculate that it had something to do with the great medical marijuana movement in Texas. We spoke, and we were heard.”

Crownover isn’t the first representative to not seek reelection in 2016 after having an encounter with the medical marijuana community in Texas.

Republican Rep. Scott Turner of Frisco announced that he will not be seeking reelection as well. Rep. Turner gained attention for both his unsuccessful attempt to unseat Rep. Joe Strauss as Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, and for his stance on medical marijuana, telling a young girl that he was morally opposed to her medicine.

That girl, 9-year-old Alexis Bortell, is now living in Colorado. Since beginning her medical marijuana treatment for severe seizures, she has now gone almost four months without showing any symptoms after originally having multiple seizures each day.

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Stephen Carter is a journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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  1. DFWmmjSupporter
    August 3, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Good riddance. She never “represent[ed] the fine people of Denton County”. She represented her own interests and even went so far as to openly defy and thwart the efforts of what those “fine people of Denton county” were begging for. And as for the trust we gave to her, well, all I can say is that I certainly hope Denton county residents will really contribute a thoughtful vote next time around. I know I sure will.

  2. .......
    August 4, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    I still say she had too much choice in the matter.

  3. John b
    August 14, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Thank God this witch will be gone.

    She, specifically, has been a huge roadblock to whole plant medical cannabis in our state. She has absolutely refused any discussion of cannabis related issues affecting thousands of disabled Texans.

    Shame on you mrs crown owner.