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BREAKING NEWS: Quad City Times, Reason Magazine, Highlight Iowa Man’s Struggle To Cure Cancer Using Cannabis Oil

Iowan Benton Mackenzie has been using cannabis oil to cure his cancer. Now, Iowa wants him and his family in prison.

Benton Mackenzie and wife Loretta in August 2012. Says Loretta via Facebook: "He loves piping with all his heart and I love to hear him pipe. I don't like to see him down and depressed about his lack of energy and how it effects his piping abilities. He's very talented and I just try to encourage him to pipe whenever the moment strikes him."

Benton Mackenzie and wife Loretta in August 2012. Says Loretta via Facebook: “He loves piping with all his heart and I love to hear him pipe. I don’t like to see him down and depressed about his lack of energy and how it effects his piping abilities. He’s very talented and I just try to encourage him to pipe whenever the moment strikes him.”

The Quad City Times did an excellent feature article yesterday on Mackenzie’s fight to stay out of prison, Medical Marijuana Heads For Trial In Iowa:

He used to be more of an outdoorsy type and an avid bagpiper, sometimes donning a kilt to pipe competitively. Heart disease and a cancer diagnosis have turned him into an online research junkie, looking for ways to manage his ailing health with marijuana and chat with other survivors…

Court records include a 2011 diagnosis from a Massachusetts lab requested by Bettendorf dermatologist Dr. Manish G. Kumar of “high-grade cutaneous angiosarcoma.” It’s a cancer of the blood vessels, in which tumors appear as skin lesions.

Mackenzie’s online research led to a recipe for the oil. If he rubs cannabis oil on the lesions and swallows the oil in capsule form, the lesions shrink and stop spreading. He also could manage his pain better with the cannabis oil than with narcotic prescription drugs.

He made the oil by boiling a mixture of raw plant material in isopropyl alcohol. He said he learned how from watching Rick Simpson’s online video “Run from the Cure.”

Mackenzie reported his marijuana use to his cardiologist, Dr. Michael Gimbel of Davenport, whose office noted it on a list of medications included in the court record: “Cannabis, take as directed.” Read Quad City Times full article here

And here's Reason Magazine’s article:

Prosecutors charged Mackenzie, his wife, his adult son, and his septuagenarian parents, with whom Mackenzie and his family live. He spent 42 days in jail until prison officials had him released amid worry about how much his medical treatment might cost them while he was in custody.Read Reason’s full article here.

Cannabis activists have long known about the scientific evidence for cannabis potential to cure cancer with none of the nasty side effects that come with traditional treatment such as chemotherapy. WeedPress subscribers might well remember this guest post from Justin Kander from March of 2011: SSDP’s Justin Kander: Man cures cancer with cannabis successfully. Below I have embedded the “Run From The Cure” documentary that led Benton Mackenzie to make cannabis oil to treat his cutaneous angiosarcoma tumors.

“Run From The Cure 2” is available here courtesy of Natural News: http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=AA4DC9365910F348E43E1B96A3179658

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UPDATE 10-4-2013

The media has responded quite well since the Quad City Times article. Here’s some of the articles to have appeared so far this week:

Reason Magazine: Terminal Cancer Patient in Iowa, Entire Family, Face Drug Charges Over His Medical Marijuana Use

Associated Press: Iowa man may attempt medical marijuana defense

Liberty Globe: Suffering, Terminal Cancer Patient And Family Jailed Over Medical Marijuana Use

Toke of The Town: Iowa lawmaker wants to decriminalize marijuana, legalize medical cannabis

High Times: Iowa Prosecutes Dying Cancer Patient for Pot

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One thought on “BREAKING NEWS: Quad City Times, Reason Magazine, Highlight Iowa Man’s Struggle To Cure Cancer Using Cannabis Oil

  1. Quick, get a calculator! How many children were just saved?

    Posted by Carl Olsen | September 30, 2013, 4:30 pm

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