- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 12, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Latest on a marijuana investigation of the wife of a Utah candidate for governor (all times local):

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2:35 p.m.

Utah Democratic candidate for governor Mike Weinholtz says he and his wife are cooperating with law enforcement investigating his wife’s use of marijuana to treat chronic pain.

Weinholtz said in a statement Wednesday afternoon that his wife uses the drug to treat chronic pain from severe arthritis and a degenerative spinal condition.

He says she doesn’t want to addictive opiates or other treatments that she found invasive or ineffective.

The statement came after a Utah prosecutor said Wednesday that he intends to file misdemeanor drug charges against Donna Weinholtz.

Tooele County’s chief deputy attorney Gary Searle says she tried to mail small amount of marijuana to the couple’s home in California and investigators later found about two pounds of marijuana at the couple’s Utah home.

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10:15 a.m.

A Utah prosecutor says he intends to file misdemeanor drug charges against the wife of Democratic candidate for governor Mike Weinholtz after investigators found Donna Weinholtz trying to mail a small amount of marijuana to the couple’s home in California.

Tooele County’s chief deputy attorney Gary Searle says federal investigators later found Donna Weinholtz had about two pounds of the drug at the couple’s Salt Lake City home.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says it sent the case to Tooele County because prosecutors didn’t feel federal charges were warranted.

Searle says he plans to file misdemeanor drug possession charges against Weinholtz soon that could leave her facing up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Mike Weinholtz’s campaign did not have an immediate comment Wednesday. A number listed for Donna Weinholtz was not in service.

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2:50 a.m.

Federal prosecutors have decided not to file charges against the wife of a Utah gubernatorial candidate for using medical marijuana to alleviate arthritis pain.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/2e4VTmV ) a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Utah confirmed Tuesday that it was no longer handling the case, which she says has been sent to a county attorney for review.

Democratic candidate Mike Weinholtz had announced that his wife, Donna, was under investigation after he won the nominee in April.

Donna Weinholtz had used medical marijuana to alleviate neck, back and knee pain from arthritis, but has reportedly not used the drug since April.

Weinholtz’s campaign declined to comment, saying the case is still under investigation.


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