Drug Charges Dropped Against Parents of Man Who Said He Grew Pot to Treat Cancer

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DAVENPORT, Iowa -- The Scott County Attorney’s Office has dropped drug charges against the elderly parents of an eastern Iowa man who claimed he was growing marijuana to treat his cancer.

Chuck and Dottie Mackenzie each faced charges of gathering for use of marijuana and gathering for use of drugs. One of the charges was a felony. An order to dismiss those charges was filed July 15th.

Their son, Benton, was growing marijuana on his parents farm.

Benton is a stage four cancer patient and says he was making cannabis oil to shrink tumors that are attacking his body. He, his wife, and son were all convicted of drug charges last week.

His parents say those charges should have been dropped as well.

Here we are a law-abiding family, minding our own business, we weren’t bothering anybody. We were letting Ben treat his cancer with an unconstitutionally illegal herb,” says Dottie.

Benton Mackenzie and his wife and son will be sentenced next month.

He was not allowed to argue his cannabis oil defense during his trial because Iowa law doesn't recognize it as a treatment for cancer.


  • revraygreen (@revraygreen)

    wow these stiffs stop at nothing to get a prosecution “Then prosecutors tried another bargain: Stay out of trouble for six months and charges will be dropped, the Mackenzies said. They refused that, too.” —- -Scott County Prosecutor tried to get them to take 2 different plea bargains to which they would have nothing to do with it.

    – plea to a gathering and paraphernalia
    – delayed prosecution wait 6 months then drop charges

    To both pleas they told Scott County Prosecutor absolutely not!

    They didn’t have the evidence to charge them and shouldn’t have pressured this case to begin with. Scott County will be proven as inhumane bullies using the sick and elderly for SWAT team practice at the tax payers expense in addition to what has happened since this process began.-

  • William Denison

    Sanjay Gupta, MD, Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN, wrote the following in an Aug. 8, 2013 article titled “Why I Changed My Mind on Weed,” published on CNN.com:
    “…I had steadily reviewed the scientific literature on medical marijuana from the United States and thought it was fairly unimpressive. Reading these papers five years ago, it was hard to make a case for medicinal marijuana. I even wrote about this in a TIME magazine article, back in 2009, titled ‘Why I would Vote No on Pot.’
    Well, I am here to apologize.
    I apologize because I didn’t look hard enough, until now. I didn’t look far enough. I didn’t review papers from smaller labs in other countries doing some remarkable research, and I was too dismissive of the loud chorus of legitimate patients whose symptoms improved on cannabis…
    I mistakenly believed the Drug Enforcement Agency listed marijuana as a schedule 1 substance because of sound scientific proof. Surely, they must have quality reasoning as to why marijuana is in the category of the most dangerous drugs that have ‘no accepted medicinal use and a high potential for abuse.’
    They didn’t have the science to support that claim, and I now know that when it comes to marijuana neither of those things are true. It doesn’t have a high potential for abuse, and there are very legitimate medical applications. In fact, sometimes marijuana is the only thing that works…
    We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that.”

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