A lot of people use cannabis for pain. Now a Governor is calling for reform after his wife was arrested for taking cannabis to ease her arthritis pain. NBC News reports on Governor Weinholtz wanting drug reform after his wife’s arrest for medicinal cannabis use.
Governor Mike Weinholtz, Utah’s Democratic candidate was emotional when interviewed after his wife Donna pleaded guilty on the charges of possession and misdemeanor of cannabis possession in Salt Lake City.
Donna, 61, suffers from arthritis and a degenerative condition of her spine, which has left her unable to get out of bed for weeks on end, before she started using cannabis for her pain.
It is very clear Governor Weinholtz loves his wife dearly
Now she can ride her bike and plant tulips again, the governor argued. What would you do if the person you loved most in the world were in such pain? Would you report them to the police and have them arrested? Would you insist they stop using something that works and allow that person to suffer such pain they can’t sleep at night?
Mike Weinholtz said current laws leave doctors with no choice but to prescribe strong painkillers with a high risk of addiction attached to use. This is why opioid drug addiction is an epidemic in Utah and across the US.
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Cannabis brought her relief from pain
Donna said medical marijuana was the best treatment for her condition and she as many other Utahans made a deliberate and conscious decision to use medical marijuana knowing full well that it is against the law. She said she has faith the laws will change.
Conservative Utah only allows severe epilepsy patients cannabis oil containing little or no THC, the psychoactive in cannabis. Two proposals to expand the medical cannabis laws this year were unsuccessful and went no further than the legislature’s office. A legislative committee is expected to discuss the issue shortly.
Donna, after pleading guilty, called for a fine and probation rather than jail time. She agreed to serve one-year probation and pay a fine of $3,800. Her record will be cleared if she doesn’t break the law again within the next year. Her lawyer said it is standard procedure for first time offenders. She used the drug for personal use, and there is no evidence her husband was aware of her using it.
Not the first time Donna sees law change
Donna was part of a law change in 2014 when she was arrested for being part of a protest against Republican-dominated legislature. A hearing on an anti-discrimination law that included sexual and gender orientation protections was refused. The law was passed in 2015. Mike Weinholtz faces an uphill battle against Republican Gov. Gary Herbert.
Cannabis for pain
Cannabis for pain is the most widely used reason why people obtain medical marijuana. If only Donna got the CBD oil that is legal in Utah for epilepsy patients, maybe the court would not have judged her so harshly. On the other hand, she seems like a lady who gets laws changed, so perhaps it is all part of the process of law reform, let’s hope and wish Donna strength! Looks like she’s going to need it!