A jury found Benton Mackenzie and his family guilty Wednesday at their marijuana trial without hearing a medical defense he tried so desperately to introduce.

The family intends to appeal once the sentence is handed down Aug. 28. Time in an Iowa prison is inevitable for Benton Mackenzie.

"I'm flabbergasted the court ordered me to not tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth," Mackenzie said after the verdict in Scott County District Court, Davenport. "It's an abomination of justice."

Mackenzie, 48, and his wife, Loretta, 43, were convicted of felony manufacturing marijuana, conspiracy, violation of the drug tax stamp act and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Their son, Cody, 22, was convicted with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

Loretta pushed Benton in a wheelchair as the family left the courthouse. He said he's not surprised by the verdict.

"I knew that's what they were going to do," he said.

He has never denied the 71 marijuana plants Scott County Sheriff's deputies found in his Long Grove home were his.

Jurors declined to comment as they were escorted out of the courthouse by bailiffs. They deliberated one hour Tuesday and four hours Wednesday before reaching the guilty verdicts.

Benton Mackenzie said his case isn't over, hoping the appeals process will shed more light on his medical condition.

Diagnosed with angiosarcoma in 2011, he said he is in the late stages of the terminal cancer.

Scott County District Judge Henry Latham had barred Mackenzie multiple times from telling jurors that he grew marijuana in order to treat his cancer with oil derived from the plant.

Although convicted, he is allowed to continue living at home until the sentencing. He thinks he will die in prison.

"I'm dead already," he said.

All male inmates enter the Iowa Department of Corrections at the Oakdale facility. DOC spokesman Fred Scaleta said inmates are held there for 30 to 45 days before they are sent off to any one of the state's nearly dozen penitentiaries. 

At Oakdale, they are given in-depth evaluations of any physical or mental health conditions, Scaleta said, adding each of the state's correctional facilities have a comprehensive health services department.

Inmates with more severe medical issues are sent to University Hospitals, Iowa City, for treatment, Scaleta said.

Scaleta said he couldn't comment on Mackenzie's condition.

Benton Mackenzie said that with two prior felony drug convictions in 2000 and 2011, he faces no less than three years in prison.

He pleaded guilty in 2011 to the same charge the jury found him guilty of Wednesday. He said he grew marijuana then for the same reason: to treat his cancer.

The 2000 conviction was for growing mushrooms. Sharing his story with the Quad-City Times last September, he said he used to be a recreational drug user before becoming a medical marijuana user and advocate.

His wife took the same plea in 2011, but he insisted his wife has never taken part in his drug activity.

"They have no fingerprints, no proof," he said.

Both were on probation when they were charged last year.

With one prior felony conviction, Loretta Mackenzie says she isn't sure how much, if any, prison time she faces.

Benton Mackenzie could have had all the latest charges against his wife and son dropped had he taken a plea deal that he was offered, but he refused.

"It's wrong," he said. "That was final. This is not. Justice can still be obtained. With an appeal, they'll know all the facts."

Loretta Mackenzie said she doesn't hold anything against the jury.

"They were not allowed to hear enough information," she said. "It was definitely a very controlled environment. It's pounded into your head that no matter what your feelings are, you're going to follow the law."

(142) comments

Angie Khavos
Angie Khavos

For those who still believe the man was a drug dealer: Fine you can believe whatever you want, but you can't argue the results. Here's a link to the photo of the progression of his cancer from stage 1 to stage 4 AFTER he got caught, and stopped using the cannabis oil. --> https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfp1/t1.0-9/10478170_496765693788820_2612757425392887092_n.jpg

Jobs for Felons

Stop the prosecution of cannabis, release the medicine.

petermcwilliams

Those commentators who believe that cannabis has no anti cancer properties should behoove themselves to do a little bit of research. It wouldn't take much. Just go back and read the comments in earlier editions of the QCT of cancer surgeon Dr. Charles Goldman who touted the anti tumor capabilities of this much maligned plant. Dr. Goldman said "Instead of putting this guy in jail somebody should be studying him." Dr. Jeffrey Hurgenrather pointed out that cannabis stopped tumors in his sarcoma patients and even eliminated a brain tumor in a two year old patient. According to Dr. Hurgenrather, "it's very easy to recognize cannabis has a profound role in killing tumors." Google marijuana anti tumor and click the link cannabis and cannbinoids. This is a National Institute of Health website run by our very own Federal Government which still classifies cannabis-- a plant!--as a schedule one drug with no medicinal value. It describes very real anti tumor properties of this magnificent and much maligned botanical. In addition to it's anti tumor abilities cannabis has the happy side effects of appetite stimulation and analgesic relief. It can help kill cancer enable one to eat and treat pain all without the horrible side effects of radiation and chemotherapy.
The Iowa Board of Pharmacy recommended that Iowa adopt a program for medicinal cannabis in 2010 and four years later our "leaders" fiddle while Rome burns. It's time for We the People of Iowa to force the Drug War addicts, the Narco McCarthyists and medical Luddites to stand aside. How many more Benton Mackenzies do we need to see suffer needlessly? This whole thing is a horrible waste of legal and law enforcement resources, not to mention human life.

Van Winkle RN
Van Winkle RN

Well said sir.

TRUTHOR13

Could you PLEASE put that in terms that the stooges/tools (Aequitas, BAnned in QC, Likeitornot, Flaatu) can benefit from ? Like the Gold and Black series ...For Dummies ?
They seem to be Stuck-On-Stupid about "it's the Law," with TOTAL disregard for the Bigger Picture. They can't see the forrest for the trees. They are smitten with a bi-polar disorder that fluctuates between INCOMPETENT and DISHONEST.

TRUTHOR13

How would you feel if it were discovered that at least on e of the jurors had been convicted twice of possession, the second time while on unsupervised probation, and given a deferred judgement both times ? How would you feel if an investigation into the jury pool discovered that, in fact, some of these jurors failed to honestly answer during Voir Dire ? Isn't that "Jury Misconduct"? I know for a fact the the judge, along with the officers of the court (both sides) conspired to manipulate the information fed to the jury and thereby tampered with the jury. The jury was not told the whole truth about WHY (the motive) the defendants grew the beautiful plants God gave us. Regardless of what the three stooges believe (Klaatu, Likeitornot, Banned in the QC) the defendants have the right, under the Constitutions of the state of Iowa & US, to speak freely, without intimidation. This right was violated by the judge who threatened jail time on a bogus contempt charge if the defendant spoke of his cancer treatment defense. It doesn't matter if the judge believes that it is not a "legal" defense. How was the jury pool decided ? This needs to be investigated. This was not a fair or impartial jury. The appeal points are obvious: 1. INEFFECTIVE COUNSEL. 2. PROCEDURAL and SUBSTANTIVE DUE PROCESS VIOLATIONS 3. LACK OF PROPER JURISDICTION (The law is clear on these issues) There was no injured party and no damages. Thus, there was no justiciable action or cause.
"An ALJ is a creature of statute and, as such, is subordinate to the Secretary in matters of policy and interpretation of law." NASH v. BOWEN, 869 F.2d 675, 680 (2d Cir)(Citing Mullen, 800 F.2d at 540-41 n.5 and Association of Administrative Law Judges v. Hecklar, 594 F.Supp. 1132, 1141 (D.D.C. 1984),cert-denied, 493 US 812 (1989).
"Administrative Law Judges have no constitutionally based judicial power...As such, ALJ's are bound by all policy directives and rules promulgated by their agency, including the agency's interpretations of those policies and rules...ALJ's thus do not exercise the broadly independent authority of an Article III Judge, but rather operate as subordinate executive branch officials who perform quasi-judicial functions within their agencies. In that capacity, they owe the same allegiance to the Secretary's policies and regulations as any other Dept. employee." Authority of Education Dept. ALJ's in Conducting Hearings, 14 Op. Off. Legal Counsel 1.2 (1990) see Hecklar v Campbell, 461 U.S. 458, 461 n.2 (1983)
LAWYER'S SECRET OATH. In court there is never identification and appearance of the true character and principal of the proceedings. THIS is where you can get them (on appeal) for not making an appearance in court as REQUIRED by law. (The plaintiff MUST appear and MUST swear under penalty of perjury that the defendant caused INJURY or DAMAGES). The Defendant is not able to know the TRUE NATURE AND CAUSE OF THE ACTION. (It's a scam to take control of you and your money) You are never told the True Nature and Cause of WHY you are in front of their court. Judges are forbidden to reveal that information. They will say:"Get a lawyer." And even then you are kept in the dark, without any truthful answers.
"Laws" create crimes out of non-criminal acts. These creatures fabricate laws designed to criminalize ordinary, innocent behavior.
"What lies have you told to effectuate another man's demise for the sake of "doing your job," and who will you victimize next, imposing your man made laws referred to as statutes, for the purpose of generating revenue, destroying families and lives, wherein no one claims injury but the government ? "Liberty is the right to choose. Freedom is the result of making the right choices."
BILL OF RIGHTS, Article VI: In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy trial and public trial, by an IMPARTIAL jury...and to be INFORMED of the (true) NATURE and CAUSE of the accusation; to be confronted by his/her accuser..."The STATE OF IOWA never made an appearance in this case. The STATE OF IOWA is listed as the Plaintiff and the law REQUIRES an appearance BY the plaintiff. The witnesses for the state is NOT the same thing as the actual plaintiff making an appearance. WAS THE PLAINTIFF INJURED or DAMAGED ? IF so, the PLAINTIFF MUST APPEAR and SWEAR under penalty of perjury to that. It never happened because it is a FARCE created by evil black robe wearing witches and warlocks aka BAR association (secret society members) who were NOT allowed in American courts. The infestation has overwhelmed the US judiciary, which has become a mockery of justice. It appears to be a COMEDY OF ERRORS or a TRAGEDY with FRAUDS Acting Under Color of Law.

Xochitl
Xochitl

Had some criminal problem, huh?

Banned in the QCA

Blah blah blah. Sorry your dealer is going to jail. You will find a new one.

LugNut

Someone that goes to the extent that you are, is a little bit strange. You must have a lot of time on your hands to post such insignificant information.

TRUTHOR13

I agree. It is a bit strange to go the extra mile. When the Declaration of Independence was written, its was bit strange. It was also to an extent, strange to write the Constitution and then years later, the Bill of Rights. Of course, its no bother, for your ilk to cast the first stone or to ignore a man's rights. I suppose to you, no one should go to that extent to Preserve, Protect or Defend the individual rights of fellow citizens. Just keep quiet and turn a blind eye or a deaf ear ? How do you square that in your circles ? FUNDAMENTAL FAIRNESS is the basic Standard of Procedural Due Process. COX v BURKE, 361 F.2d 183, 186 (7th Cir. 1966). Cert. denied, 385 U.S. 939 (1966). Under the Standard of Fundamental Fairness, the test of a denial of Due Process is whether it would be unfair to permit the procedure complained of to stand (the judge's threat of physical incarceration and deprivation of liberty under the pretense of a Contempt of Court charge for exercising his right to make an Informed Choice in the treatment of HIS cancer, speaking freely without intimidation to tell the truth to the jury, who, in this case was deprived of information by a corrupt judge with a corrupted sense of judicial power and authority) see Cox, 361 F.2d at 186, and due process is denied where the procedure tends to shock the sense of fair play. see Howard v United States, 372 F.2d 294 (9th Cir. 1967), cert denied, 388 U.S. 915 (1967)
When a judge uses coercion and threatens a man into silence from speaking the truth a substantial right of the defendant is affected and a miscarriage of justice has been suffered and a reverse is in order unless the record affirmatively establishes otherwise. see Newell, 710 N.2d at 19 (Sullivan, 679, N.W. 2d at 30) and State v. Sullivan, 679 N.W. 2d 19, 29 (Iowa 2004) and State v Trudo, 253 N.W. 2d 101, 107 (Iowa 1977).
The STATE OF IOWA et al, owes the MacKenzie family.

aequitas
aequitas

I hope you didn't pay for that quackery.

likeitornot

Wow! The WiFi at the looney bin must be working.

Van Winkle RN
Van Winkle RN

Although some of your opinions are a bit more vigorous than I can agree with, you did bring up some interesting points with your quotes of previous cases and constitutional laws. A prosecutor can use discretion when choosing who to prosecute. I do agree the jury should have been allowed to hear the motive in this case, as they do in any other case. I think things went wrong when motive was used interchangeably with defense, however, I am sadly unschooled in matters of legal speak/definitions. Sadly, even with the appeals process and the length of time it takes to get anything done, for Benton, it will be a race against what precious time he has left. He is a very, very sick man.

fairandimpartial1

Wow, if you are cheering the essential death sentence of a man who has hurt no one and is dying of cancer, you lead a sad and pathetic life.
This isn't a "liberal" thing or a "conservative" thing, it's a human thing. If you think doing ANYTHING that does no harm to anyone, and eases a human beings suffering, it is a shame you and I belong to the same species.
A couple things:
1) the strain of marijuana he was growing was NON-INTOXICATING, so the street value was worthless, so I doubt he was selling.
2) HIS FAMILY didn't want to take the plea deal because they knew it would be Benton's death sentence and they wanted to fight for their family member!
3) even if the judge and jury were just doing their job, this is a horrible law and this family should be pardoned!
Sign the petition https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/pardon-mackenzie-family/6qB8Twxd

Banned in the QCA

Do you have any proof that it was " non intoxicating" marijuana? I believe you are wrong. If that is the case then why the bong and joints? This guy is a three time loser grasping at any defense he can because he is a coward. He even tried to blame a friend for his mushrooms in a past case. Not a stand up guy we are talking about here, just a rat.

Jenny80

Here is the petition. Sign and Share. Let's unite and make this go viral. http://www.change.org/petitions/patrick-mcelya-the-scott-co-ia-attorney-s-office-free-benton-mackenzie?share_id=asZJfcHhly&utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition

LugNut

No thanks. The County Attorney was just doing their job.

Jenny80

Here is the petition. Sign and Share. Let's unite and make this go viral. http://www.change.org/petitions/patrick-mcelya-the-scott-co-ia-attorney-s-office-free-benton-mackenzie?share_id=asZJfcHhly&utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition

Jenny80

Here is the petition. Please sign and share. Let’s make this viral and save some lives! http://www.change.org/petitions/patrick-mcelya-the-scott-co-ia-attorney-s-office-free-benton-mackenzie?share_id=asZJfcHhly&utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition

katara

WOW!!! Tar and Feather Time....... lol

ljordan

I have a problem with his statement concerning his 2011 conviction of possession being for the treatment of his cancer. According to his public records, his arrest was in November of 2010 and his adjudication was in 2011. If his diagnosis of cancer was given in 2011, he had not been diagnosed with cancer at the time of his arrest. (There also shows an arrest 1 month
His current charge was possession of a controlled substance. He was in possession. That's how the jury decides. Personal opinion and bias are not factors. Did he have it? Yes. Guilty. How it is adjudicated is where the medical issues will come into play.

TRUTHOR13

Jordan: I understand your problem and frustration. You draw on when he was diagnosed. Most Americans don't know this, but the medical doctors in charge of diagnosing disease are not as competent or honest as would be expected and hoped for. The fact is, many people go YEARS without a competent diagnosis. Why do you think so many Vietnam veterans have died while waiting on their claims of disability to be adjudicated ? Medical doctors have their marching orders too, just like to police dogs that snooped out marijuana. That is what they were trained to do. They are not trained or paid to think. Just do as they are told. Tools for the rich to get richer and keep the poor poor. There's a movie I would like you to watch for your personal edification: BRAVEHEART. You probably don't know, but the Scotish Bag Pipes were once outlawed / illegal. Did you know that jay walking is stil illegal and if you cut a corner, you are a criminal because you violated the law ? Most of these little people, pointing their crooked little fingers and throwing their little stones, are hypocrites. Probably perverts in their own personal lives trying to compensate by convicting others. Watch GULLIVERS TRAVELS for more insight. You Tube: LAWLESS AMERICA

Banned in the QCA

Your reply is gibberish. He is saying that Benton claimed that he was growing marijuana for his cancer in 2010 when he wasn't even diagnosed until 2011. The man is a liar that is trying to use his illness as a reason to stay out of jail. He even drug his famy down with him rather than man up and face his consequences.

likeitornot

Exactly, Banned in the QCA.

Klaatu
Klaatu

What? Say what? That is absolutely meaningless. He either had cancer and knew it at the time or did not. There is no waffling. He was a pothead before he got cancer. That is very clear.

Van Winkle RN
Van Winkle RN

He was in the process of being diagnosed, it takes time to run tests and diagnostics, wait for doctors appointments and referrals etc. For example, a woman who finds a lump in her breast goes to see her OB/GYN, then will get a mammogram, then results will indicate this or that, so then a month later, she will get a biopsy, or a lumpectomy, and sometimes, up to 2 to 4 months later, finally have a diagnosis. After all of that, she will finally go to see the oncologist to decided on a treatment plan, etc. etc. It is a process and it takes time for the slow wheels of doctors appointments and referrals and tests to get completed to get a true and correct diagnosis. This is especially true when it is a rare form of cancer such as Benton Mackenzie has.

Banned in the QCA

Typical tree hugging liberals! Which of you cowardly wasteoid stoners had my comments removed? I guess of you don't agree with something you have it censored. Then you have the nerve to call others fascists! Hypocrites.

Legalizeandtax

What comment of yoursdwas censored? If you did have a comment censored it was probably for breaking one of the rules. You deniers need to get a grip. Medical marijuana is legal in some form in 28 states and completely legal in 2. Marijuana is the least dangerous medicine on the planet. It's safer than aspirin.

likeitornot

But, it's not legal in Iowa and that's what this case was all about. If "if's" and "but's" were candy and nuts, every day would be Christmas.

The defendant was not only a cannabis user (pipe and bong), but also sold cannabis (scale). His cannabis oil story went out the window with his previous two convictions. Nothing but a doper.

Legalizeandtax

How do you know he sold cannabis? He was convicted of manufacturing not selling? Did he sell some to you?

Comment deleted.
Banned in the QCA

It's getting fun now!! Notice that I will not report this comment and have it censored because I believe in free speech. Unlike all of you liberal wastes that preach freedom but really only want it if it agrees with you. Like I said, bunch of whacked out druggie hypocrites.

TRUTHOR13

Banned's hypocrisy stated by himself: "...freedom but...only when it agrees with you." ??? People have the freedom to choose their own consumer goods. Its these greedy creatures that what to dictate what we can or can't have. TOBACCO is legal. Alcohol is legal. Cancer CAUSING Fluoride is dumped in our water whether we want it or not. GMO's are in our food supply and NOT Labeled, to ensure we get their disease causing corn. Some people prefer beer bellies other prefer pot bellies. Who are you to make choices for others ? IF you knew the true history about WHY marijuana was out lawed, you may be prepared to argue. Go to AMAZON.com and try to get the documentary: EMPEROR OF HEMP. Anslinger lied as did the propaganda machine mis-inform. The gig is up, but here in Iowa, the people are still being mislead by narrow minded career politicians et al. and mis-informed by their Reality programs or what ever it is they consume. Iowa's economy is GMO CORN & SOYBEANS or BUST. Right ? Corporate Farming by Monsanto aka USDA (represented by Tom Vilsack, former Iowa Gov) et al

Giovanni

Call and email the Judge: Tell him you are so proud of him suppressing the truth. Also tell him how wonderful it is that most new drugs on the market today come with so many warnings of personal injury and death it is incomprehensible. Marijuana has none of these effects. Judges are political animals that have no interest in the truth, only their own personal agendas.

Henry W. Latham II, District Court Judge
Scott County Courthouse
400 W. 4th St.
Davenport, Iowa 52801
Phone: 563-326-8783 • Fax: 563-326-8218
henry.latham@iowacourts.gov

TRUTHOR13

Little Henry Latham was only FOLLOWING orders. His hands were tied. while he jacked off the Bill of Rights. He's a pervert of justice. BUTT, the Iowa legislation has to bare the brunt of this because they chose High Fructose Corn Syrup over marijuana. THEY chose to pervert the PURPOSE of Gov't: TO PROTECT the Individual RIGHTS of its citizens. The Jury was as dumb as the court officials calculated. Shame on them for not taking the initiative to educate themselves on JURY NULLIFICATION. Only goes to prove THEY were operating under the influence of something that keeps them stupid. You Tube: LAWLESS AMERICA & LEGAL LAND

Comment deleted.
Time4Change

He was not charged for distribution, not sure why you think he was dealing. Do you not think they would try to tack on distribution of a controlled substance if they had the chance? You just assume that he was a dealer because he had a scale, despite a complete lack of evidence. Why would there not be a need for weighing for personal use? Have you ever taken medicine that did not tell you the proper dosage? There is no shame in responsible use. I cannot think of a single substance that, when consumed, does not produce different effects as the amount consumed increases.

TRUTHOR13

Aequduct, Ban Quack & Flatulance seem to be the cheerleaders for their commrades who weren't getting their fair share of the proceeds. THAT is what it seems to be about. Again, FOLLOW THE MONEY, find the real criminals. You Tube: LAWLESS AMERICA & LEGAL LAND

truth 777
truth 777

Telling the truth. That is all that need said. When in our history has it been ok to withold information from a jury. The fact that they dont let them tell them the truth is unconseevable. When society hides truth justice dies

aequitas
aequitas

So does that mean the prosecution should have been able to tell them about prior convictions? Because that's not allowed either. You have no understanding of how the legal system works to ensure that cases are decided based on the relevant facts and not legally irrelevant information. There are rules of evidence that dictate what information can be introduced...all to ensure a fair trial to the defendant and to the State.

We do not have courts of morality or courts of feelings. We have courts of law. At times, the law is imperfect, and the courts have to deal with the law as it is not as an individual judge wishes it would be. The place for laws to be changed is the legislature. Place your blame on their inaction this past legislative session. Call your state senator and state representative. Petition the governor. Then, the courts will apply whatever law they pass to the cases before them.

Channing Webster

Had the defendant chosen to testify on his own behalf the priors could have been used to go to his credibility. Yet, a medical necessity defense is deeply engrained in common law and is viable in a number of non-medical marijuana states. In Florida and Indiana, even the slightest bit of evidence is enough for a medical necessity jury instruction. I don't know what state appellate courts have said about this here, but I know that these decisions are leaning more and more in favor of allowing juries to hear more information, not less.

As for your "just have the law changed" argument, you are either totally ignorant to how change has been affected throughout American history, or you are deliberately skirting a real debate over the morality and efficacy of these laws. We know it's the latter.

capedcrusader

has Benton ever done prison time?

cruzrlady09
cruzrlady09

Defendant(s) broke the law, and there are passionate pleas on all sides.
This man is not a danger, nor a risk flight. He is not a thug, not a gang
banger, non-violent. Why not parole with a mandatory jail sentence IF
he violates parole?

Klaatu
Klaatu

Pretty much what I advocated yesterday. A harsh SUSPENDED sentence with a stern warning that he must get his palliative care conventionally, like the rest of us.

TRUTHOR13

Kltaaris: your pink is showing.

TRUTHOR13

In "defense" of the Police, Lawyers, Court Officials, Judge et al., they were "JUST FOLLOWING ORDERS" (Doing their job). This is the SAME defense used by the NAZI's at the Nuremburg trials. Mindless tools being manipulated by Monsanto, DuPont, Bayer etc. chemical corporations that are spreading CANCER CAUSING CHEMICALS. The attack on the MacKenzie family is an attack on American families. The Iowa legislature have been derelict in their duties to their oaths of office. What did they do to ensure that the purpose of gov't (to PROTECT the individual rights of its citizens are protected) was executed ? NOTHING. Remember TOM "the Villain" VILSACK ? Is it just a coincidence that he is the US Sec of Agriculture ? He is in bed with these chemical companies. He is more than a High Fructose Corn Syrup scking career politician. He IS the devil's advocate along with the legislators who have been cheating us of honest gov't. They continue to defraud us of the revenue that could be enjoyed by the citizens, but instead will continue to flow into the pockets of these corrupt gov't officials as graft. (Prisons, Parole & Probation officers, counsels, lawyers, judges, clerks etc. IN FACT, US Chief prosecutor at the Nuremburg trials, Telford Taylor, accurately predicted the future over sixty (60) years ago. He said that these Nazi fanatics were not the main war criminals, it was the CHEMICAL Companies, and he specifically named BAYER, BASF and another. He added:"If we don't bring this to light now, the future will be as if Hitler never died."

aequitas
aequitas

[quote]"Benton Mackenzie could have had all the latest charges against his wife and son dropped had he taken a plea deal that he was offered, but he refused."[/quote]

That says it all right there. A guy who was facing death anyway drug his wife and son down with him at the end. This is the stand up guy everyone has been defending.

Banned in the QCA

Exactly!!

Klaatu
Klaatu

What empirical evidence is there that cannabis oil is a treatment for his cancer? All I have heard is that it is palliative, and he was caught with drug paraphernalia that indicate he was selling to others. I have a hard time believing there is no conventional palliative treatments. I don't for one second think cannabis oil cures any kind of cancer.

Time4Change

No one intelligent on the matter argues that it cures cancer. The argument is that it alleviates the awful side effects of the treatments that do cure cancer, and there is a fairly wide consensus that this is true, as is witnessed by the many states that have passed recent legislation to allow certain types of MMJ. The DEA also recently asked the FDA to rescedule the drug. So you are right in saying that it is palliative, but apparently you don't put much weight on alternative forms of palliative medicine. Fortunately for those who do find relief in cannabis oil, you are in the minority.

Van Winkle RN
Van Winkle RN

https://www.facebook.com/FreeBenton/photos/a.495850160547040.1073741828.494968253968564/496765693788820/?type=1&theater

Channing Webster

You're asking valid questions. In a medical necessity defense the jury would have the opportunity to decide whether he had viable options outside MJ to alleviate the pain caused by his condition. Pretty good chance he'd have still been convicted. Nevertheless, he should have been allowed to argue that marijuana was the only effective treatment and that violating the law was necessary for his continued well-being. Isn't that only fair?

Channing Webster

You assume to know the rationale behind his decision. Isn't it just as possible that his wife and son, knowing his condition and the stakes, asked that he not take the plea?

You said yourself that the law must be applied in all cases. Yet here would be case when the law would be disregarded as a means of creating leverage. I believe that's called discretion.

The larger question is what kind of a man would hold a dying-man's family hostage and demand as ransom a guilty plea? This prosecutor is that kind of person. He is shameful.

CrzyHwk

Threatening/criticizing the judge, law enforcement officials, and prosecutors is classless and immature. Grow up and get your facts straight before you start bashing others.

LugNut

There are some really ignorant people in today's society. It's easier to blame everyone else but themselves. They all were doing their jobs.

FlyingTooLow
FlyingTooLow

The judge who allowed this abomination should be removed from the bench.
Anyone who would deny Mr. Mackenzie comfort should be beaten with an ax handle and ran out of the country.

nursehippityhop

Maybe this piece of scum judge will give the McKenzie's a sentence like the one given to Pachino Hill.... remember him??? He was sentenced to church.....

1of3

We can only hope!

Banned in the QCA

Good job jury! Another drug dealer off the streets. What a liar he is. Since this is his third time down maybe he will get the penalty he deserves. What a dispicable family using an illness to try and pull at people's heart strings to get out of trouble. Most of you even fell for it. Suckers.

Mango C
Mango C

Governor Branstad fell for it too when he signed the recent law allowing patients with severe epilepsy to use cannabis oil--don't you think? Those mothers haranguing the legislature with their sick children were just despicable phonies. They were just using their kids to get an excuse to have pot for themselves.

Mango C
Mango C

Governor Branstad fell for it too when he signed the recent law allowing patients with severe epilepsy to use cannabis oil--don't you think? Those mothers haranguing the legislature with their sick children were just despicable phonies. They were just using their kids to get an excuse to have pot for themselves.

Legalizeandtax

I really hope you come down with brain cancer or something worse if that is possible. There is a special place in heck for you, you cold hearted b. And I could care less if I get banned for this comment. Keep sucking on the DEA boobies they love drones like you that bend over and spread them.

Banned in the QCA

Whatever doper. I suppose the mushrooms he got caught growing before were for his illness too. Maybe next time he will get caught with heroin, I hear that's a good painkiller.

Um_whatever
Um_whatever

He's dying... you may disagree with what he was doing, and that is your absolute right, but your comments are low class. I have a feeling that isn't new for you.

iowalittledog

Banned in the QCA, if there is Justice then I PRAY one of your family members will get sick, need a treatment not approved by big brother. Let's see you follow the law as you watch yourself or a love one die. Don't say what you won't do, just because you are blessed with health. Now I ask you if your kid was sick, and weed would ease their pain, would you not get it for them or would you be a coward and let them suffer?

Banned in the QCA

Littledog, you always stuck up for criminals in every post. What does that say about your character? People like you are the reason that the nation is going down hill. Kind of like your neighborhood over there on 13th and Washington. People of your kind turning good neighborhoods into trash. It's amazing you aren't in jail. But I get the feeling you only have the guts to be an online thug. Probably pretty tame in the real world.

pabermel

the jury did their job, a law is a law even if it's a B.S. law. A drug is a drug and use it for what it's worth. Washington state just allowed the distribution of recreational use recently, not sure if I'm behind that or not even tho the HMFIC (Barack Obama) stated that it's no more worse than alcohol is. I do know that there is many advantages for people with many health problems. We need to vote out these bone headed old Cropes that believe marijuana is the gateway to hard drug abuse when the leading drug addiction in this country is prescription pills. Don't know all the facts behind this case and never will with this corrupt judicial system of Scott County but am disgusted that we will foot the bill as tax payers when this man and his family will agonize as they will and have.

Time4Change

Pabermel has it right. The jury looked at the facts and came to a conclusion based on the information presented. They were right to do so, and they were right to make their decision without the persuasion of emotion. Mackenzie did not have legal ground to stand on in regards to the medical defense. Despite this, I think it is a shame that the laws are written in a way that sends a man like this to prison, but that is a deeper issue. It was not a trial of "morally right or wrong", it was a trial of "guilty or not guilty," and the conclusion is obvious from the legal standpoint.

likeitornot

Insight, you are absolutely right. The defendants history tells stories. The "poor me" story didn't hold water. Maybe the same libs that think the defendant is being picked on will also support the illegals that the mayor wants to bring up here. Doubt it, libs only like to spend other people's money.

maxamillion

Funny how the gov says cannabis has no medical benefit yet they send a nice tin can filled with pre rolls to people for that very reason. People that feel that it should be illegal are brainwashed robot drones.

Klaatu
Klaatu

Will he be sentenced by the jury, or the judge? If I were the judge and doing the sentence, I would give him the max and suspend it with a very stern admonition to take his palliative care legally, like most everyone else does. I would further inform him that if he appeared in my courtroom again on the same charge his suspended sentence would be negated and he would instantly go to jail. That sounds more than fair to me. I don't know for sure, but it seems to me like he is selling. That will be a crime even if the legislature opts to legalize.

finch

The judge does the sentencing, and your hope that the guy goes to prison, and suffers more than necessary, and has his medical care paid by the taxpayers will likely come true. And, we don't care what you would tell him.

Klaatu
Klaatu

Are you illiterate? I said I wanted the judge to suspend his sentence and send him home. Your brain is addled by too much dope.

Um_whatever
Um_whatever

I think he was just trying to make the point that the judge WON'T do what you suggest. That he instead will sentence the man to a term that will most likely mean the rest of his natural life in jail... and you and I will pay for his treatment. His VERY EXPENSIVE cancer treatment instead of letting him medicate himself. Maybe your brain is addled with a little too much arrogance.

aequitas
aequitas

As a habitual offender (because Benton was a convicted felon twice before), there is a mandatory minimum three year sentence.

Insight

The weed use of Benton started long before his diagnosis, seen him in shorts and a t, not a " tumor" to be seen. Sad that he uses is as his fifteen minutes of fame. Marijuana should be used for illness and does help in so many situations, so sad people like this make its use for people who need it worse. He was growing for more reasons than the bogus one he is using now.

TRUTHOR13

Shortsight: Your pre-civil war ignorances and prejudice is showing.

Van Winkle RN
Van Winkle RN

https://www.facebook.com/FreeBenton/photos/a.495850160547040.1073741828.494968253968564/496765693788820/?type=1&theater

Arc Angel

Dinosaurs smoked pot?

longjohn412

So let me see if I have this straight

This guy was treating his cancer at his own costs so we spent Taxpayer money to arrest him, taxpayer money to put him on trail, taxpayer money to pay for his healthcare and more dangerous 'legal' drugs since his arrest and taxpayer money to pay for him getting the indignity of dying of cancer in prison ...

All these Taxpayer Dollars spent with absolutely no redeeming Societal Value in return ....

This is a Lose-Lose for everyone

Klaatu
Klaatu

No, you don't it straight, as is your custom.

longjohn412

I'm sure a Fiscal Neanderthal; like you would think this is a good use of Tax Dollars with absolutely no return what so ever .....

How did ANYONE benefit from from any of this?

If no one benefits then this is the Epitome of Wasted Tax Dollars ,,,,,,

TRUTHOR13

You nailed it. The criminals can be found when you FOLLOW THE MONEY. Who wasted resources (tax payer dollars) to put on this 3 Ring circus ? Who profits by defrauding tax payers of an honest source of revenue ? Who profits from paying six figure salaries to judges, prosecutors, prison officials, counselors, senior probation officials etc., at the enormous cost to tax payers to hound marijuana related activities, prosecute, imprison and probation / parole offices & officers and counselors etc. ? The real criminals are banking our dime, wasting our time & resources AND keeping us from a source of income while depriving us of honest gov't AND all the health benefits of marijuana. I guarantee that if you LOOK to see who financed these high fructose corn syrup sucking children of the corn career politicians YOU WILL See or Smell something fishy. Something Rotten. Something like special corporate interests like Big Pharma, Chemical companies like DuPont, Monsanto, Bayer etc. stinking amoral campaign CONtributions and or under the table vacations or other unexplainable expenses. AUDIT the Iowa Legislature. They have nothing to hide. They are good Christians (Christ Like) right ? You Tube: LAWLESS AMERICA

PainfullTruth

So now we should only prosecute crimes that will positively impact our financial status?

What part of illegal did you miss?

Channing Webster

We should prosecute crimes where there is broad consensus the conduct harms society as a whole. Once you get into a situation where 80% of the American people believe medical marijuana should be decriminalized that consensus is shattered, which is where we are today.

ChamPain
ChamPain

Medical marijuana should be legal. Recreational marijuana should be legal. Its a bad law. No, im not a doper and never have been. Legalize it and tax it like with alcohol and cigarettes. Jury should have been a runaway jury and found him not guilty. Its a shame. Hopefully he gets probation so us taxpayers dont have to foot the medical bill. We already had to foot the bill for the waste of law enforcement resources that went into this, as well as the bill for the trial. Too bad.. Scott County prosecutor sucks, he should have never prosecuted this, we have gangs and stuff that need our attention..

maxamillion

I think he deserves a cup of jury nullification!

TRUTHOR13

Could he get that to go ? Preferably in the form of an N ema ? And laugh watching him trying to make it to his hide out in time before it soils his wing tips ?

maxamillion

Right! That's sad :(

Mensa181

And, he will get it. Is all of IA this backward? Oh and for the cry babies/weasels who are championing the DA's lack of ethics, I'm Conservative, can't stand Obama and I fully support Medical Marijuana. Question MMJ's effectiveness? Allow me to introduce you to the National Institute of Health. Go read and attempt to educate yourselves, if you have time in between milking the cows. While you're at it, look up the definition of 'compassion'. You will find it in this gigantic book called a dictionary. Check out Google Translate if you can't pronounce the word.
You people that think it's awesome that a terminal Cancer patient is going to die in prison are a special kind of heartless and stupid. Pull your heads out of your ***.

senor citizen

Guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This should put all the potheads knickers in a knot. Self medication of an unproven, illegal substance is no defense. No need for the potheads to state their case as it won't hold up in court.

likeitornot

ALLEGED self medication. A pipe, bong and scale aren't needed to medicate with cannabis oil. The judge was totally right with his decision to not allow a defense that was both not legal and a fairy tale.

The defendants "story' may have been somewhat believable if he wouldn't have had previous drug arrests and convictions, prior to his terminal illness.

Also, you don't need a scale to grow cannabis for you own use.

The criminal justice system found a drug dealer guilty today. Nice!

Time4Change

I am fully aware that he broke the law, and I do not believe that the new MMJ legslation applies to this case in anyways. All that aside, you are foolish to keep bringing up the pipe, bong, and scale. The pipe and bong are used to consume the "medicine" and the scale is used to measure the amount of "medicine" the user is taking. Lucky for us, pharma companies already weigh out the medicine for us and label accordingly.

Again, it is erroneous how he consumed the "medicine." Considering all the other factors involved, he woud not have been protected by the law even if he were only medicating through the use of oil. Stop using pipe, bong, and scale as buzz words and try to understand what the actual situation was instead of leaning toward sensationalism.

Comment deleted.
iowalittledog

likeitornot: A COURT or JUDGE should allow every defendant to present his case, no matter how silly the defense is. It is up to the jury if they believe the case presented. Defendants have used crazy excuses in criminal cases from the beginning, some ever worked and the defendant was found not guilty. The defendants right to present his case should not stop at a Scott County Lower Court Ruling or with some rookie and I do mean wet behind the ears Judge ruling. This case is ripe for appeal and the conviction overturned. I just hope the defendant lives long enough to see victory or how he may have helped other people

Brian McCullough
Brian McCullough

Unproven? I have met 100s of people who have had proven results from Cannabis Marijuana as a medicine. Most are over 50 years of age. I have been behind this medical marijuana movement for nearly 20 years on a national level. What have you ever done? It is my wish that when your need it you'll not get any. Suffer to death you cold blooded old Dinosaur .

Brian McCullough
Brian McCullough

unproven,...I've met 100's of people who lives have been saved with the use of Cannabis as a medicine. Been active on a national level for over 14 years, what have you ever done for your country? Most pot heads are real senior citizens with guts and brains to back it up.

Arc Angel

Great job Jury U did your job!

TRUTHOR13

Benjamin Franklin had his reservations about the jury system for this very reason. He knew that a time would come when only the bi-polar people of the county would sit as jurors. That they would fluctuate between incompetent and or dishonest. I know that they were tampered with because I know that as a matter of routine the secret society members (BAR association gang, Lawyers, judge) get together and decide / conspire to mis-inform the jurors and influence a guilty verdict by manipulationg the information from start to finish / jury "Instructions" / "Directives." They have a Duty and Responsibility to engage their conscience and critical thought. They failed. Either because they were incompetent or dishonest in their effort to serve as a Fully Informed jury. PUBLISH THEIR NAMES AND DISCOVER WHAT THEIR INFLUENCE WAS.

aequitas
aequitas

Awesome! I see you gained a new screen name. Publish their names so you can harass them with your irrational conspiracies? I hope not.

Mango C
Mango C

When jurors convicted lifelong cannabis advocate and published author Ed Rosenthal of producing medicinal cannabis in San Francisco in 2002, they were outraged to learn that the truth of his situation was denied to them--strictly according to federal law, of course. Several of them wrote letters to the judge complaining that they never would have convicted if they knew the whole truth. Several of them went on TV to denounce their own verdict. I believe some even went to the sentencing.

Now the MacKenzie trial has concluded, the jurors deserve to know more about the family they convicted and the harms they were tricked into causing.

aequitas
aequitas

Mango C, I'm sure they are now all well aware of all of the facts, irrelevant and relevant at trial. They probably have learned that he was twice convicted of a similar felony, at least one of which occurred before his diagnosis.

Brian McCullough
Brian McCullough

To think of a jury not allowed to hear the truth about why Benton grew his life saving cancer medical marijuana is a travesty of justice. Makes us all criminals with blood on our hands if we can't inform the jurors.Wait and see what happens when they find out the Judge kept vital important information from them... SAVE YOURSELVES! This STATE IS CRAZY NUTS! You people stand for perjury and murder of terminal ill patients.., if I had been part of this jury's verdict I'd probably kill myself! Now that is what I call , 'Guilt' We're moving! The whole family with me too. Grand kids and all !Funny how even the Washington post knew all about this and even printed an article but not a single word on our Iowa public TV stations. All month long. Funny too that everyday Benton was on trial another state became a legal marijuana state. They said the Iowa oil law does not protect Benton.., Can I see a show of hands who the oil law in Iowa helps? It is damming physiological warfare to people who need Cannabis to treat their ailments to pass the law which helps no one and there are thousands of Iowans who need Cannabis for 1000s of ailments.

Klaatu
Klaatu

Life saving? That is opinion, not fact.

aequitas
aequitas

Assuming that it's a miracle drug, producing it yourself is still illegal. What they were doing would have still been illegal in any number of states that provide for medical use.

bballfanedc76

You seem like a real nice guy likeitornot!

likeitornot

Oh, I am. Just see through the b.s.

Legalizeandtax

The b.s. is the state prosecuted a dying man and that marijuana was made illegal due to racist propaganda. Don't worry the imprisonment of Benton will only make our side stronger and eventually the weed will be free. Now excuse me while I go burn one.

PainfullTruth

I wish people would understand what the law currently is, and what he was doing was illegal. You may not like it, but the law is the law. If you don't like the law, then change it. Disregarding the law makes you a criminal, not a victim. He was tried in the court of LAW, not a court of sympathy. We all know about his condition and his outcome. That doesn't and shouldn't give anyone the right to bypass any laws.

LugNut

Someone with some common sense. Thank you.

Brian McCullough
Brian McCullough

It is not against the law to steal a boat to go out into a river and save a life from drowning....Same as Bentons story just different situation. All you people with fake names are too afraid to be known because your afraid of what your friends would say to you. Shame on your ignorance and disregard of the human condition.which led to this families only hope to cure his terminal illness. You fakenamers make me sick. PUKE!

aequitas
aequitas

1) Marijuana does not offer a cure for cancer. Evidence shows it helps manage symptoms.

2) It wasn't their only hope. They didn't even try anything else.

Mango C
Mango C

Wrong. Several cannabinoids have been found in published scientific studies in Israel, the United States, Spain, and Italy to have direct anti-cancer effects. The web is teeming with scientific evidence of the strong anti-cancer effects of cannabis.

"Dr. Sean McAllister, a scientist at the Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, has been studying cannabinoid compounds for 10 years in a quest to develop new therapeutic interventions for various cancers. Backed by grants from the National Institute of Health (and with a license from the DEA), McAllister discovered that cannabidiol (CBD), a nonpsychoactive component of the marijuana plant, is a potent inhibitor of breast cancer cell proliferation, metastasis, and tumor growth." http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/09/06/marijuana-fights-cancer-and-helps-manage-side-effects-researchers-find.html

Dr Donald Tashkin conducted the only longitudinal study of cannabis smokers ever performed. Funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse at UCLA, he eventually concluded that there must be a protective ingredient in cannabinoids which prevented heavy lifetime marijuana smokers from getting cancer, even though the smoke itself had many of the same carcinogens as tobacco, such as benzene. He found a slight reduction in the normal likelihood of marijuana smokers to get cancer versus NON-smoking controls. By contrast, tobacco smokers were 20x more likely to get cancer than the controls. Tashkent ultimately gave in to the evidence and came out in support of legalization, despite his lifetime of research trying to prove its harms.

In Israel, Dr. Rafael Mechoulam spent 40 years studying cannabis. He discovered the intoxicating cannabinoid THC, and his work led to the discovery that the human body has its own natural cannabinoid producing system. He theorizes that what he calls the "entourage effect" of multiple cannabinoids, as found in nature, work better than lab-isolated individual cannabinoids.

Hence, Benton MacKenzie was doing exactly the right thing by manufacturing and extracting his own product--which worked for him without dangerous side effects--except jail. Yet you blame him for not using an excruciating trial of fantastically expensive and deadly chemo with a poor-to-worthless track record. Do you work for Big Pharma?

PainfullTruth

Shame on my ignorance? This coming from the person that thinks that this doper was growing pot to save his life? Marijuana will NOT cure his illness. He stated so himself in court. Don't let the truth or facts get in the way of your next bong hit.

Keep throwing up......

likeitornot

It appears the jury easily saw through the "poor me' defense.

A pipe, bong and scale aren't necessary for medical cannabis use. His previous conviction wasn't known by the jurist, but it certainly showed me his intentions.

Good job by law enforcement and the rest of the criminal justice system.

The dopers don't like it, but they'll calm down after a couple tokes.

Brian McCullough
Brian McCullough

A pipe and a bong are used to consume cannabis, much like a plate and a fork are used to consume food. Good job law enforcement...? They broke the No trespass laws to get onto Bentons' property. This case should have been thrown out ! It is like playing cards, if the dealer MIS-deal everyone folds. This case had jurors who were not informed of the facts in the case. Mis- trial. Travesty of justice, blatant disregard for the very laws they are sworn to protect...Which Makes them enemies of the United States and Domestic Enemies of the Constitution of The United States of America! Get a clue! The Government is lying Cannabis is medicine, Doctors get it, Priest get it, even the Girl Scouts get it, whats your problem like it or not? Afraid to use your real name? Can't say I blame you...You must be a cop.

Klaatu
Klaatu

If it is medicine, have it processed in a professional lab and make the oil available by rx. Bet you won't go for that.

Um_whatever
Um_whatever

Yeah, might as well let the people that have been profiting off the ruining of people's lives figure out a new way to profit off it once they legalize it. Classic.

likeitornot

I'm sorry for the defendant's terminal illness, but using that illness and the bogus treatment of the illness to grow and sell cannabis is wrong. The defendant(s) got exactly what they deserved.

Um_whatever
Um_whatever

Law enforcement... the ones that arrested him... made absolutely no claim that he was selling the drug. In fact, they claimed no evidence of that at all as stated by the judge in defending his ruling to not allow the medical defense. That's why denying the medical defense was sort of silly to most people.

Dallas

You gonna tell us windows and nails aren't necessary to build a house? Hmmm..pretty sure they are. This is part of the problem, in the very least, you and most here could educate yourself (s) on Medicinal Cannabis. The rest of the criminal justice system?, you make it sound like they busted and onvicted Charles Mansion, better get back to your movie "Reefer Madness"

iowalittledog

I wonder why they didn't take him into custody? Was it because of the medical bills, the county would have to cover. It will be interesting to see if they sentence him to any jail time. My guess is probation because of the medical bills that will follow if he is incarcerated.

finch

People are always free on bond between conviction and sentencing for a case like this.

aequitas
aequitas

He's a habitual offender. Mandatory prison time. But they often leave folks out pending sentencing especially a nonviolent offense. Not that unusual.

iowalittledog

Nice to know even poor white people in Scoot County face injustice. Too bad. Everybody light one up at 7pm

nursehippityhop

Ben, Loretta, and Cody: I can't believe whathas happened to you all. I am so sorry about this gross miscarriage of injustice. I hope and pray the jury reads the whole story and feels terrible about what they have done. My prayers to you all.

LugNut

I live with chronic pain everyday. But that doesn't mean that I can break the law. I feel nad for the guy, but the law is the law.

Klaatu
Klaatu

Me too, constant exposure to brain damaged dimocrats gives me chronic pain.

Um_whatever
Um_whatever

Yeah, why try to live a happy comfortable life? People like you are the worst.

bballfanedc76

What were the people who stormed into this family's home and arrested them thinking? What was the motivation to go after this family. Look at what they are going through because of this and all of the stress and pain it has caused. So if these same people were suffering with the same cancer as Mr. Mackenzie and found something that helped they wouldn't use it?? What if it was your son or daughter?

Klaatu
Klaatu

It would be the warrant that did that, the guy had more dope than most dealers. Get mad at the laws, not the law enforcers. BTW, do you want your kids to be stoners? Maybe that's the only escape from the reality of this regime.

540

Unbelievable....SMH !!!!

TRUTHOR13

APPEAL. 1. INEFFECTIVE COUNSEL 2. LACK OF JURISDICTION, In Personam & Subject Matter (The court automatically lost any jurisdiction it may have had when it violated Due Process law....This "Jury" was no doubt tampered with. The 'judge" made sure they were not informed about their right and duty to Jury Nullification. 3. Due Process violations throughout

Klaatu
Klaatu

He admitted his guilt, his defense was that he somehow merited an exemption from the law. None of your arguments make the least possible sense. He IS guilty, his only possible escape was a runaway jury. There was no due process violation in any way. I think the copious amount of weed, the bong, and the scale did the damage. It surely seems as if he was doing more than manufacturing for his personal health needs only.

chex

He tried to experience freedom in these here United States. Big mistake.

Klaatu
Klaatu

You have a point, this is now the fascist USA. Still, he should be okay as long as he buys health insurance, if he doesn't he will be crucified.

1of3

Klaatu, while I know that you are technically right, and that he broke the law. I just really feel that exceptions should be made in cases like this. He may have been smoking the weed along with using the oil, most cancer patients say that smoking the marijuana helps to increase their appetite and also decreases nausea and pain. I know that you feel these things are unproven, but I have personally seen people suffering with cancer that have tried marijuana and found it more helpful than any of the prescription medications that the dr's had. Plus the marijuana had a lot less side affects. I know some people give you a hard time about your strong opinions, I am not trying to do that. I respect you have the right to your opinion and your beliefs. I just hope that someday you will be able to see this from the other side without ever having to see anyone close to you suffer.

TRUTHOR13

US Gov't Patent No. 6630507 PROVES marijuana has health benefits. Why has Iowa's legislature failed its duties to serve the citizens by legalizing this plant ? It appears as though Iowa's legislature / gov't has defrauded the citizens of honest gov't. "Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within a supervised routine of medical care." (This includes Benton MacKenzie's Right to Self-Determination in treating HIS angiosarcoma cancer with the treatment of HIS choice, cannabid oil) - FINDING OF FACT by FRANCIS L. YOUNG, Administrative Law Judge, UNITED STATES DEpartment of Justice (USDOJ), Drug Enforcement Administration, In The Matter of Marijuana Rescheduling Petition Docket No. 86-22, dated Sept. 6, 1988. JURY NULLIFICATION. "NOT GUILTY" because it is their RIGHT and NOT YOURS.

LugNut

Give it a rest will you!!!!

Klaatu
Klaatu

I think they will be unable to reach a verdict. This is another of those very contentious cases. They will be hung by tonight and then the whole thing will start anew unless the prosecutor gives up on it.

540

Think again.........

TRUTHOR13

The "Law" against marijuana is a bad law and should have been corrected by Iowa legislators, just as other states with real leadership have done. Washington just legalized Recreational marijuana. When JURORS are faced with deciding the fate of its fellow citizens who broke a bad law, the JURORS have the POWER to bring in a "NOT GUILTY" verdict, as a matter of the jurors' rights to JURY NULLIFICATION. THAT is a GOOD LAW that has been part of the legitimate process for centuries. Look it up: JURY NULLIFICATION. It is something bad judges and bad lawyers do NOT want Jurors knowing about. If you were on this jury and the judge neglected to INSTRUCT you on this point, you may be able to discover the truth for yourself by doing a google search of JURY NULLIFICATION. If you "live" in Iowa, you must be aware that Iowa's legislature is operating under the influence of High Fructose Corn Syrup and remains stuck-on-stupid. They are NOT representing the citizens. They vote themselves pay raises and pass laws to pick your pockets i.e.. Iowans now pay penalties for turning right on red where there are "Red Light" cameras that take your vehicles picture if it didn't make a complete 3 second stop before proceeding. Turning right-on-red is legal, but it accounts for 70% of all the Red Light tickets issued in Iowa. Your children of the corn legislators allow CANCER CAUSING FLOURIDE to be dumped in your water. They grow GMO corn that has all sorts of proven disease factors and they REFUSE to have it labeled so you, the consumer, can make an Informed Choice. Your "leaders" are being mislead by special corporate interests like Big Pharma who are poisoning your babies with toxic VACCINES, contaminated baby formula etc. Wake Up Iowa Citizens. This Jury needs to send a message and bring in a "NOT GUILTY" verdict for the citizens sake. You Tube: LAWLESS AMERICA. Take back YOUR Country.

Klaatu
Klaatu

Interesting points. Where were you when the democrat Congress was shoving an illegal health care takeover down our throats?

Lou Ford
Lou Ford

Not a takeover. An established marketplace for private companies. Gawd you are so blind.

Um_whatever
Um_whatever

Man, you righties sure are preoccupied with putting things down your throats ;)

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.