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Film to help fight drugs

'Kid Cannabis' proceeds to benefit drug free youth

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Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014 12:00 am

HAYDEN - For Mike Lehosit, owner of Hayden Discount Cinema, the decision whether to screen the film "Kid Cannabis" at his theater was a tough one.

But Thursday, Lehosit told The Press that a conversation with Nate Norman was the tipping point.

"We spoke on the phone and he told me that people are going to watch the movie anyways and he would rather see the money made from it in the community," Lehosit said.

"Kid Cannabis" is about Norman's rise about 14 years ago, from Coeur d'Alene pizza delivery boy to leader of a multi-million-dollar marijuana smuggling ring. Norman's North Idaho drug trafficking operation was exposed to police in 2002 when a 20-year-old rival smuggler, Brendan Butler from Hayden Lake, was murdered. Norman was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Lehosit, who gave the unrated movie a "hard R" and called it the "marijuana version" of "Wolf of Wall Street," said he didn't want to make any money from screening the film.

"I'd feel guilty showing this movie and profiting from it," Lehosit said. "A kid got killed and another kid spent time in prison because of it."

So Lehosit got in touch with Idaho Drug Free Youth, a Coeur d'Alene organization focused on changing the behavior of teens so they refrain from using drugs and alcohol, and discussed the idea of donating all of the theater's earnings from showing the film.

"They got on board and will be providing us with fliers to distribute and hopefully a brief message we can show before the movie," Lehosit said.

Hayden Discount Cinemas will begin showing the movie tonight at 9:30. Lehosit said he only plans to screen the film "late at night," with additional weekend showings at 10:30 p.m. and midnight.

Ticket prices for "Kid Cannabis," at $6 per person, will be more expensive than the discount cinema's usual $3 movie price.

Lehosit said he will not be showing the film at his theater in Boise.

"I'm just hoping that we can raise some awareness that this stuff is happening in the community with our youths," Lehosit said. "This might be a Hollywood script but I think people might be a little naive about what's going on."

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  • couldbesomebody posted at 10:41 pm on Thu, Apr 24, 2014.

    couldbesomebody Posts: 4

    Wow rooster you must have skimmed those court documents.. She was DISMISSED from the entire indictment, she NEVER went to court. ALL charges were again DISMISSED. I would recommend that before you go shooting off at the mouth you might have your facts straight and correct. If you don't, you just might find yourself being sued for SLANDER. If you don't know what that means I suggest you Google it!!!!!

  • Rooster posted at 12:04 pm on Thu, Apr 24, 2014.

    Rooster Posts: 2

    If you look up the articles written on the charges and trial, you will see that Nate's Mother was charged with money laundering, and other charges. So to say that she has no knowledge of what her son was up to is stupidity. she new exactly what was going on, and wanted to get the big dollars.

  • couldbesomebody posted at 2:57 pm on Mon, Apr 21, 2014.

    couldbesomebody Posts: 4

    HMMM, Cdagma, honestly are you as sick and twisted as the demented Butler and his sick brothers were????? If you actually possessed a fraction of the knowledge that you feel you have you would in fact know that Nate has made it his life mission to defend ALL females. Tell us all why Nate would risk his own life to run into a burining building to save women, let's see it wasn't just once that he did this. The first time he did this he was a teenager. In fact the Mayor of CDA presented him with a letter for his heroic actions!!!!!! Also, you should understand why Hollywood wanted the story about Nate, and not Brendan..... Nate was/is a really great kid, and man, Brendan was a Meth Head, Ecstacy freak that even his OWN BIRTH MOTHER couldn't stand raising him!!!!!!! This little good for nothing waste of human flesh needed to die, if only because was so sick that he hired others to commit Murder..... Also, ask yourself why he was murdered the way he was -- With a Mexican Neck Tie!!!!!

  • Cdagma posted at 3:03 pm on Fri, Apr 18, 2014.

    Cdagma Posts: 15

    Daretodream, I feel very comfortable commenting on the person Nate was after he started dealing and using drugs and before going to prison. He was a loser, drop out and let his power go to his head and he hurt many people. Physically hurt and traumatized many young women. He was evil and if you were honest you would admit it.

  • arius1 posted at 11:58 am on Fri, Apr 18, 2014.

    arius1 Posts: 737

    Really, efromm ? Punished ? He's raising the price to raise more money to give to IDFY, a good cause.

    As for this guy Nate, I don't know him, but sounds like he was a nice guy, who while still young got caught up in wrong choices, albeit pretty severe ones. I and many others I know, did alot of stupid and illegal things while at that age. Thankfully, I never got caught and don't have a record, and have been given a chance to grow up and change my life around. Nate's paying his dues and I hope he's able to move on with the rest of his life.

  • couldbesomebody posted at 9:22 am on Fri, Apr 18, 2014.

    couldbesomebody Posts: 4

    Ahhh Rooster do tell..... if his mom was the "master mind" and buried most of the money why does she still live in this narrow minded town? Why does she WORK for a living? Why is it she doesn't own a large home on the lake or drive fancy expensive cars? Since you are getting your information from the street I am very sorry to hear you are homeless!!!!! How do I know so much about this you may ask, it is because I know her. I knew her before this happened I knew her while it happened and I still know her. As far as Butler I am sad that someone lost their life, however, it was far BETTER that it was him and NOT Nate. Nate is more MAN than Butler or his nasty brothers ever were. Oh my.... I mentioned his brothers... yes they were part of Butler's drug group and there are legal court papers to prove it!!!!

  • efromm posted at 9:17 am on Fri, Apr 18, 2014.

    efromm Posts: 669

    What about the other movies shown there that show violence? Or sex? Or a host of others things that could be taboo. What a crock. And then they want 6 bucks instead of three? So your being punished to even go and watch it? Get real....

  • dare2dream posted at 8:11 am on Fri, Apr 18, 2014.

    dare2dream Posts: 1

    Cda is turning into a city full of rude and judgmental people. A mini version of L.A. Rude, snobby people that stick their nose up to you as you pass by. I was born here and lived here all of my life and I'm appalled at what our beautiful town has turned in to. My thoughts are, If you don't know Nate personally then you shouldn't even be speaking his name nor coming on here and commenting especially if it's just what you "heard on the street". It amazes me some of the things that people say because of an assumption or because of heresay. Are we back in middle school/high school again??
    And Yes, I do know Nate as well as quite a few of the other guys that were involved. Fortunately, most have moved on and turned their life around. The Nate that I knew was always nice. Never rude, never mean. Sounds like Cdagma below was a friend of Butlers by the way they speak of Nate. Nobody deserved to die. Let's recall that Butler was killed by the same hitman HE hired to kill Nate in the first place. Not all of this is Nate's fault. There were many others involved. Keep that in mind when passing judgement.

  • Rooster posted at 7:23 am on Fri, Apr 18, 2014.

    Rooster Posts: 2

    I can't believe that someone would even make a movie about this kid. He was always in trouble at school, dropped out, had no direction in life. So what does he do......becomes a drug dealer, and brings drugs into our community and sells them to our kids. FYI the word on the street is that is mother was the master mind, and she has hid most of the money.

  • Cdagma posted at 5:54 am on Fri, Apr 18, 2014.

    Cdagma Posts: 15

    Remember this movie is based off an article in Rolling Stone Magazine. It is one sided and the reviews say the writer focused on Nate Norman and his clumsiness, inept social failures and willingness to please other. This is not the whole truth. Nate Norman, in articles stated he wasn't a drug kingpin, "he never told anyone to do anything". Nate Norman is a liar. Nate Norman was/is an evil, cruel, violent, sadistic human being. RIP Brendan.

  • IdahoDuds posted at 3:32 am on Fri, Apr 18, 2014.

    IdahoDuds Posts: 17

    Why would he feel guilty about showing a film? He does not support the art? He thinks discussing a problem or educating the public is a bad thing? What an ignorant business owner.

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