Jury begins deliberations in marijuana case

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A jury has begun deliberations in the case of an eastern Iowa man who tried to use his rare cancer condition as a defense to marijuana-growing charges.

The Quad-City Times reports (http://bit.ly/1ohHLPA ) attorneys for both sides in the Benton Mackenzie case gave closing arguments Tuesday. The jury began deliberations but was sent home a short time later. They will resume Wednesday.

The 48-year-old Mackenzie and his wife Loretta, both of Long Grove, are charged with manufacturing marijuana and other drug charges.

Mackenzie has argued he used the 71 marijuana plants confiscated from his parents' Long Grove home last summer to make cannabis oil to treat his angiosarcoma, a cancer of the blood vessels. A judge ruled he couldn't use that defense.


Information from: Quad-City Times, http://www.qctimes.com

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