Utah Governor Nominee: My Wife's Under Investigation For Marijuana Possession

By Victoria Kim 05/03/16

Mike Weinholtz won the Democratic nomination after making the shocking yet well-received admission at the state convention.

Utah Governor Nominee: My Wife's Under Investigation For Marijuana Possession
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Utah Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Weinholtz, disclosed his wife’s marijuana use to the entire Utah Democratic Party at the state convention on April 23—and he’s not ashamed of it.

“In the last 72 hours, we learned that my wonderful wife of 20 years, Donna, is under investigation for possession of marijuana,” he told the convention. “She has only used cannabis for medical reasons to relieve her chronic pain.”

Donna Weinholtz opened up about her marijuana use to FOX 13 at the convention. “I don’t believe in abusing any substance. This is about being able to sleep, being able to relax and not have the pain from arthritis and I know the folks out there know what I’m talking about.”

AP reported that Mike Weinholtz’s admission was well-received by the audience, who applauded the issue of medical marijuana. “The need for medical cannabis touches everyone,” he said, “Republicans, Democrats, rich, poor, middle class, LDS and non-LDS.”

Weinholtz, who won the Democratic nomination after revealing the news, told FOX 13 he didn’t want to be dishonest with voters by not disclosing the investigation. But not only was he open about his wife’s medical marijuana use, he expressed his full support for it. “We’re happy to be the public face for this issue now and we hope it will help Utahns, which is why we got into this race in the first place,” he said.

The candidate said he would support a medical marijuana bill, if elected governor. So far, such legislation has not been able to make it through the Utah State Legislature, though attempts have been made. But according to Turner Bitton, president of the Drug Policy Project of Utah, he is confident that medical marijuana will pass in 2017.

Apparently, Utahns are ready for it. A recent poll by Utah Policy found that 66% of voters support legalizing medical marijuana. 

A bill introduced by state Sen. Mark Madsen failed to gain the support of the legislature this year. Some blame the LDS Church, which issued a statement expressing its opposition to the Madsen bill in favor of a more restrictive bill introduced by state Sen. Evan Vickers. However, Vickers’ bill passed the Utah Senate but died in the House.

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