Dusty Trice breaks down MN medical marijuana bills in colorful infographics


Dusty Trice was enjoying a career in political organizing before a tumor knocked him off his feet. Though benign, it had grown to the size of a quarter and was wedged against his spine. For hours he would lay on the floor just to build up the strength to go see a movie.

Then about a year ago he left Minnesota for California in search of medical marijuana.

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Today Trice enjoys a career in standup comedy and writing. He adds two drops of a marijuana-based oil into his morning tea to help with anxiety, supplemented by the occasional hit off a vaporizer. He also credits a topical oil made from coconuts and a strain of cannabis known as kryptonite with having shrunk his tumor down to the size of a pea.

All the while he's kept an eye on Minnesota's medical marijuana policy debate.

"I'm watching this like a hawk to see if we can come home," Trice says, referring to his girlfriend. "We didn't mean for it, but following the policy has become a lifestyle."

Last week's discussions in the legislature have convinced Trice that the Senate bill is the superior of the two because it costs less and helps more Minnesotans -- possibly himself -- while meeting the regulatory demands of law enforcement groups. From his home in Los Angeles, Trice took language from a side-by-side comparison of the two bills and produced 20 colorful infographics that have since been blasted around Twitter (see below).

It's not all self interest. Trice says he's been moved by the stories of children suffering from Dravet syndrome. What's more, his father was a medical marijuana cancer patient in New Mexico, and Trice believes it extended the old man's life by six months.

"I still have family in Minnesota," he says. "If something happens to them, I don't want to have to ship them out to California."

A conference committee is tasked this week with combining the bills into one and giving Gov. Mark Dayton something he can sign.

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