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Pot provider acquitted of drug charges

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A Southwest Washington man who grew marijuana for a dying cancer patient has been acquitted of drug charges.

Mark Hensley of Vancouver was arrested a year ago with 133 marijuana plants, many of them small clones. Hensley's lawyer, Douglas Hiatt, says he was producing cannabis oil for a tenant who had esophageal cancer.

The tenant, William Britten, died in August.

Clark County Superior Court Judge Rich Melnick found Hensley not guilty on Friday.

Hiatt says his client was allowed to grow more than the state medical marijuana law's presumptive 15-plant limit because it takes a lot of marijuana to produce oil. Hiatt says the case cost Hensley a lot of time, grief and money.

The Seattle attorney is supporting an initiative to legalize marijuana for all adults because he says he's tired of seeing marijuana patients and their providers arrested.

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