DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Jurors have returned to an Iowa courthouse to deliberate in the case of a man who says he grew marijuana to treat his cancer.
The jury gathered Wednesday morning in Scott County District Court, one day after they were handed the case against Benton Mackenzie. He, along with his wife and adult son, face several drug charges in connection to dozens of marijuana plants found at his parents' Long Grove home last summer.
The 48-year-old Mackenzie says he grew marijuana to treat a rare cancer condition with oil derived from the plant. A judge has denied Mackenzie's motions to use that defense, and he was barred from mentioning it during his trial.
The Quad-City Times reports (http://bit.ly/1kEtpYk ) Mackenzie has argued his due process rights have been violated.
Information from: Quad-City Times, http://www.qctimes.com