Dying Cancer Patient And Family Found Guilty On Pot Charges

A dying cancer patient and his family, who weren’t allowed to explain why they were growing marijuana, were found guilty of drug charges in an Illinois court, according to affiliate station WQAD.

Benton and Loretta Mackenzie, as well as their son Cody, faced charges after police took 71 marijuana plants from their home in May, 2013, WQAD reported.

Mackenzie claimed he grew the plants to harvest cannabis oil to treat pain he suffers from terminal cancer, according to WQAD.

The judge ruled that Mackenzie’s reasons for growing the plants were not admissible as evidence in the trial, WQAD reported.

He faces mandatory prison time for the conviction, and sentencing will is set for Aug. 28, 2014, according to WQAD.

To read the fully story from our affiliate station WQAD – Channel 8, click here.


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