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QCTimes Editorial Board Sunday Editorial: Don’t Imprison Benton Mackenzie! #FreeBentonMackenzie

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QCTimes Editorial Board: "Iowa law prohibits Mackenzie from growing, refining and using marijuana extracts to treat his cancer. Research elsewhere suggests promising results from the extract...The same facts in a different state would leave Mackenzie labeled a homeopathic pioneer."

QCTimes Editorial Board: “Iowa law prohibits Mackenzie from growing, refining and using marijuana extracts to treat his cancer. Research elsewhere suggests promising results from the extract…The same facts in a different state would leave Mackenzie labeled a homeopathic pioneer.”

Two Sundays ago the Quad City Times broke the story on the legal plight of Benton Mackenzie’s, an Iowa man who says he successfully grew cannabis to cure his own cancer. This past Sunday, the Quad City Times Editorial Board called for Scott County Prosecutors to drop charges against the Mackenzie family:

Iowa law prohibits Mackenzie from growing, refining and using marijuana extracts to treat his cancer. Research elsewhere suggests promising results from the extract. But there will be no research in Iowa. State law still considers marijuana solely to be an illegal recreational narcotic, not a potential medicine.

Investigators turned up no evidence of a widespread dope-dealing operation foisting marijuana into the hands of Quad-City kids. All of the evidence points to a cancer patient desperate for relief.

Yet prosecution continues under an unforgiving Iowa drug law that is far behind the rest of the nation. Twenty states, including Illinois, have legalized medical marijuana. Three more have decriminalized recreational use.

The same facts in a different state would leave Mackenzie labeled a homeopathic pioneer. In Iowa, he’s deemed a criminal so dangerous, county authorities have spent tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars in investigation, raids and court appearances that will lead to even higher incarceration costs upon conviction.

All of this is being spent on the same defendant jailed for two months, until Scott County authorities suddenly realized they might be on the hook for his medical bills. Then he was released without bond. —Read the full article here

The full article is well worth the read. Follow WeedPress on Facebook or subscribe on the right hand side of the page for future updates on this case.

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