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Cancer patient faces mandatory time in prison after being found guilty of growing marijuana

SCOTT COUNTY, Iowa (WQAD) – A cancer patient and his family were found guilty of drug charges after police discovered the group was growing marijuana.

Benton and Loretta Mackenzie and their son, Cody, face charges after 71 marijuana plants were seized by police in 2013.

Benton Mackenzie admitted that the plants were his.

He claims he grew the plants to harvest cannabis oil to treat pain he suffers from terminal cancer.

Judge Henry Latham ruled Mackenzie’s reasons for growing the plants were not admissible as evidence in the trial.

A jury convicted the couple of manufacturing marijuana, conspiracy, violation of the drug tax stamp act and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Cody Mackenzie was convicted of misdemeanor possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, according to WQAD.

Benton Mackenzie now faces mandatory prison time for the conviction.