Iowa Man Found Guilty for Growing Pot he Says Helped Treat Cancer

Benton Mackenzie testifies at his drug trial. (WQAD)

Benton Mackenzie testifies at his drug trial. (WQAD)

DAVENPORT, Iowa — A terminally ill Davenport man could be heading to prison for growing marijuana he says was meant to treat his cancer.

WQAD reports a Scott County jury returned guilty verdicts Wednesday against Benton Mackenzie and his wife and son on drug charges.

Mackenzie is a stage four cancer patient who is currently in hospice care. He claims he was growing the marijuana so he could process it into cannabis oil to use medically.

However that defense was not allowed at trial.

The Mackenzie family will be sentenced on August 28th.


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