Dozens protest at Rep. Scott Turner's office in Frisco for medical marijuana
Around 45 people turned out to protest in front of Rep. Scott Turner’s office in Frisco on Friday afternoon in support of legalizing medical marijuana.
Part of organization efforts by the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, leaders of the group had previously been in contact with Turner regarding the issue. Also in attendance was Alexis Bortell, a nine-year-old girl who suffers from seizures. She and her father had visited with Turner prior to the rally to discuss his support for medical marijuana.
Turner voiced his opposition to medical marijuana during their meeting, saying that he was morally against it. Bortell had approached him with evidence of cannabis being able to help control seizures, along with a recommendation from her doctor for medical marijuana.
Two local stations also attended the rally, however Turner did not show for it. Some attendees say that his staffers had heated exchanges with them and that eventually they were asked to leave.
Republican Rep. Turner, who represents District 33 in the Texas House of Representatives, was elected in 2012 and re-elected this year.
Prior to holding office Turner was a football player, playing defensive back in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins, San Diego Chargers, and Denver Broncos between 1995 and 2004. Turner played college football at the University of Illinois, and graduated with a degree in speech communications.