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Terminally ill cancer patient found guilty at marijuana trial

By Mason White 10:32 AM July 11, 2014
Benton Mackenzie 

By: Devansh Dutt
(Scroll down for video) A very sick man of Iowa, was found guilty at a marijuana trial after a judge did not allow him to tell the jury why he grew marijuana.

The 48-year-old cancer patient, who was arrested after growing 71 marijuana plants, said that he used it to treat his tumors.

However, the judge did not think that the reason was relevant to the case. Therefore, he was convicted of drug charges.

Benton Mackenzie, was convicted of manufacturing marijuana and conspiracy along with his wife, Loretta, 43. The couple’s 22-year-old son Cody was convicted of misdemeanor possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

Benton, who has a rare and aggressive form of cancer of the blood vessels, faces a minimum of three years in prison when he is sentenced.

His family said that he intends to appeal the verdict, saying that jail could kill him as his health worsens.