Donna Weinholtz, the wife of Utah’s Democratic candidate for governor, is facing misdemeanor drug charges after federal investigators found two pounds of marijuana under the couple’s Salt Lake City home.
Although medical marijuana is technically legal in the state of Utah, it is limited to patients suffering from epilepsy and is only available in oil form.
According to the Associated Press, Weinholtz came under investigation after inspectors from the U.S. Postal Service discovered marijuana in a package being mailed to Weinholtz’s second home in California. After federal authorities declined to prosecute, the case was sent to Toole County for further investigation.
In a statement, Democratic candidate for governor Mike Weinholtz defended his wife, stating that she uses medical marijuana to relieve the pain from a degenerative spinal condition and arthritis.
“She refuses to use addictive opiates and used cannabis after suffering when other medicinal options were either invasive, ineffective or addictive,” Weinholtz said. “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.”
If convicted, Donna Weinholtz could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. With more than two-thirds of Utah voters in favor of medical marijuana, it is unclear as to whether this will affect Mike Weinholtz’s gubernatorial campaign.