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In a huge win for medical marijuana advocates, a southwest Washington man who grew cannabis for a dying cancer patient has been acquitted of drug charges.
Mark Hensley of Vancouver, Wash., was arrested last year with 133 marijuana plants, many of them small clones between 1.5 to 2 inches tall, attorney Douglas Hiatt told Toke of the Town Friday afternoon.
Hensley was growing the plants to produce cannabis oil for his former tenant, William Britten, who died of esophogeal cancer last August.
Clark County Superior Court Judge Rich Melnick found Hensley not guilty on Friday, Hiatt told us.
His client, Hensley, was allowed to grow more than the Washington’s medical marijuana law’s presumptive limit of 15 plants because it takes lots of cannabis to produce the oil, Hiatt said. “Mr. Britten used a significant amount of cannabis for appetite and nausea and to control the pain, obviously. He was very, very sick.”
“Mr. Hensley only had about 14 big plants,” Hiatt told us. “At least 80 of those 133 plants were very small, 1.5- to 2-inch clones.”
Prosecutor Scott Ikata was unsuccessful in his attempt to portray Hensley as a drug dealer.
Hiatt, a Seattle attorney specializing in medical marijuana cases, along with attorney Dave Arganian, represented Hensley in the case.
Hiatt is supporting a statewide initiative to legalize marijuana for all adults.