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Wife of Utah Governor Candidate to Be Prosecuted for Medical Pot

A Utah prosecutor plans to file a misdemeanor drug charge next week against the wife of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Weinholtz for allegedly mailing marijuana to the couple's home for use in treating her arthritis pain.

A Utah prosecutor plans to file a misdemeanor drug charge next week against the wife of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Weinholtz for allegedly mailing marijuana to the couple's home for use in treating her arthritis pain.

 

"There's no evidence whatsoever that [Donna] Weinholtz attempted to distribute," Chief Deputy Tooele County Attorney Gary Searle said Wednesday. "It was just for her use, so we'll file under the Utah statute simple possession, which is a class B misdemeanor."

 

If convicted, Weinholtz could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Searle expects to file the charge in the Tooele County Justice Court next week.

 

In a statement, Mike Weinholtz said that, "like thousands of Utahns," his wife used medical marijuana to treat chronic pain that is the result of severe arthritis and a degenerative spinal condition.

 

"She refuses to use addictive opiates and used cannabis after suffering when other medicinal options were either invasive, ineffective or addictive," the statement read. "We have complied at every step of the judicial process and, now that we know where the case is landing, we look forward to having the issue resolved and moving on."

Caroline Cournoyer is GOVERNING's senior web editor.
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