Help Save Benton Mackenzie

"If I'm found guilty, I'm a dead man."  -- Benton Mackenzie, pictured in court being wheeled in by his wife, Loretta. Click photo to see latest news from the Quad-City Times.

“If I’m found guilty, I’m a dead man.”

Benton Mackenzie, pictured in court with his wife, Loretta, who is also facing charges.
(Click picture to see latest on the case from the Quad-City Times.)

This site was created by activists from all over the country to help spread the word about Benton Mackenzie’s medical marijuana case and help to put an end to the meaningless witch hunt against the Mackenzie family in Scott County, Iowa.

Benton was arrested after police seized 71 marijuana plants in a raid of his home. He grew the marijuana in order to made CBD rich cannabis oil, which helped to treat his cancerous angiosarcoma tumors and improve his quality of life.  This type of oil has been proven to help treat numerous types of cancers and diseases, and was recently made legal by the state of Iowa- starting in July of 2014.

Recently, the Quad City Times reported that Mackenzie will not be allowed to tell the jury about his terminal illness at the trial, and has been denied a medical defense.

“Now, just days ahead of going to trial Monday on drug conspiracy charges, a Scott County District judge has ruled he won’t allow Mackenzie to use his ailment as a defense.

“I’m not allowed to mention anything,” Mackenzie said Thursday, the day Judge Henry Latham’s ruling was filed. “I’m not allowed to give proof why I was using. Now, there is no fair trial.”

You can read more about his case here.

We are banding together as a group in an effort to help the Mackenzie family in this tough time. It is our goal to raise awareness around this preposterous witch hunt and ultimately get Benton and his entire family free of all charges against them.

Please help support the cause by sharing Benton’s story and spreading the word about this maddness. While it is great that Iowa took a step forward and legalized cannabis oil for children with epileptic conditions, the state needs to take steps to broaden the scope and stop prosecuting patients who are doing everything they can to treat their illness.