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Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013 12:00 am

Rathdrum police officers were responding Wednesday to a report of a person suspected of being suicidal, but instead found a marijuana grow operation.

Officers responded at 10:47 a.m. to the Majestic Street home of Kristopher J. King, 34, where they saw marijuana paraphernalia and noticed the smell of marijuana.

After obtaining a search warrant, the officers entered King's residence and found 24 plants growing in a spare room. The marijuana plants, with an average height of 8 inches, were seized and King was arrested.

"For us, this is significant," said Police Chief Kevin Fuhr, regarding the size of the seizure. "This is one of the biggest we've had in 10 years."

The last time police uncovered a marijuana grow operation in Rathdrum, a city of 7,000, Fuhr said officers seized about 10 plants. Those plants were discovered in April 2012 when officers were investigating an alleged assault at a residence.

Police also seized from King's residence marijuana smoking paraphernalia and lighting used to grow marijuana.

King was booked into the Kootenai County jail on charges of manufacturing marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

"The manufacturing is a felony, based on the number of the plants," Fuhr said.

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  • breannmichelle posted at 9:42 am on Thu, Apr 4, 2013.

    breannmichelle Posts: 5

    We have allowed our government far too much control over our lives. Sadly, once control is given, we are not likely to get it back. Sad.

  • boohoo2U posted at 9:07 pm on Mon, Apr 1, 2013.

    boohoo2U Posts: 406

    If America is so great, why is it illegal to grow pot that supplies so many needs?
    Washington and Franklin no doubt breathed deep the gathering gloom as their pipes glowed in the darkness of that sweet room.

  • boohoo2U posted at 9:01 pm on Mon, Apr 1, 2013.

    boohoo2U Posts: 406

    AC only contended for the chance to snipp Cheech' posterior.
    AC remains a happy dog even though his sniff evaded him.

  • heatherfeather posted at 11:20 am on Mon, Apr 1, 2013.

    heatherfeather Posts: 297

    Going to prison for growing plants? I'd be suicidal, too...

  • brentandrews posted at 10:59 am on Sun, Mar 31, 2013.

    brentandrews Posts: 94

    "This war is over, if you want it." - Eric Schlosser, 'Reefer Madness'

  • babydriver posted at 11:33 am on Sat, Mar 30, 2013.

    babydriver Posts: 1393

    Let's see... The right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

    Hmm. God grows the pot, man outlaws it. We men will make our own medicine, and then decide who can have it.

    God creates man, ordains the reproductive processes, conceiving the new life, man murders the unborn baby.

    Man knows so much better than God. We have done so well for ourselves haven’t we?

    There is still time to repent.

    In Jesus’ name, AMEN.

  • babydriver posted at 11:16 am on Sat, Mar 30, 2013.

    babydriver Posts: 1393

    Hmm. one guy? in 320 million? So the odds are..............................

  • babydriver posted at 11:15 am on Sat, Mar 30, 2013.

    babydriver Posts: 1393

    The JFPO has a comprehensive small booklet explaining the law.

    Worth reading

  • babydriver posted at 11:13 am on Sat, Mar 30, 2013.

    babydriver Posts: 1393

    You think this is a democrat vs. republican issue? Really?

    You still think there is a difference? Really?

    It is ALL a SCAM! Posted earlier:

    All of us were born into an ongoing miracle. A miracle so pervasive and all encompassing it is difficult for some to see creation for what it is, a miracle.

    We living here in the US were born into a scam. A scam so thorough and all encompassing it is difficult to see it for what it is. A scam.

    Throughout history there have been individuals intent on world domination. Attila, Alexander, Bonaparte, Hitler, to name just a few.
    These conquerors used their mighty militaries to attempt their goals.

    Is there any reason to think these types of individuals have died out? That they no longer exist? Or is it more likely these individuals still exist, but have found other means to accomplish their goals other than strictly military means? How much more obvious can it get?

    Every election cycle we are offered…What? The true statesmen are sidelined, denigrated or ignored. And we are left with… what?

    Let them that have eyes, see.

  • skunkworks posted at 9:32 pm on Fri, Mar 29, 2013.

    skunkworks Posts: 252

    Rationale: You said long-term use shrinks the brain, causes memory loss, and other wonderful side effects that we get to pay for!

    There are more Serious side effects from Man made Drugs... Meth Heroin,Pills,Alcohol..Etc Etc...

    Memory Loss??? Well Tell that to Cheech Marin Winner of Celebrity Jeopardy 2010..He Kicked Anderson Coopers A*s... for a Pot Head He's Pretty Dam Smart...Wouldn't You Think?

  • BorneNIdaho posted at 9:09 pm on Fri, Mar 29, 2013.

    BorneNIdaho Posts: 142

    You make a great point about the effects of pot use, about the shrinking brain, memory loss, and the side effects we get to pay for, we have a president that used pot! and he was not the first and I would bet not the last.
    The issue here is liberty, do you have the liberty to eat, drink, smoke, or whatever else you choose to put in your body or not, or is every substance people ingest something the government should allow?

  • skunkworks posted at 9:00 pm on Fri, Mar 29, 2013.

    skunkworks Posts: 252

    At least Cover your A*s Better than that...He deserves this lesson...I don't consider Marijuana usage or growing for "Personal" use a big deal....But apparently its a "Huge Bust"....

  • boohoo2U posted at 8:57 pm on Fri, Mar 29, 2013.

    boohoo2U Posts: 406

    kirDIK - are you for real?
    the only victims living are those who still trust the full faith and credit of the USA.

  • KeepinItReal posted at 5:28 pm on Fri, Mar 29, 2013.

    KeepinItReal Posts: 112

    Yup, just as I figured, the same 'ol wackos spewing their ridiculous opinions about how we shouldnt have any laws pertaining to drugs, or anything else that infringes on your precious rights. The same wackos telling us how its not the place of the govt to go after people that break the law. The same wackos telling us that drugs are okay, because drug use and abuse is a victimless crime, (because only elderly men who own cabins in the woods and may or may not have a hammock use drugs huh?(idiot). The same wackos making repeated bs excuses on how everyones rights have been violated and how dare you tell "me" what to do. Ignorant fools! When are you repeated posters going to realize that nothing you post will change things in this community? Nobody cares what you all say, except for your fellow wackos. The rest of us laugh at your juvenile mentality, knowing tgat you all feed on each others pathetic views. Btw, looking at the dates, times, and repreated posts, do you people have real jobs? Im thinking not! Get a life!

  • Cbox posted at 4:07 pm on Fri, Mar 29, 2013.

    Cbox Posts: 4

    hey why don't you ask how many accidents have been cause by people having legal prescription medications in their systems? and get your facts straight on the side effects of Marijuana before you open your mouth

  • mister d posted at 4:03 pm on Fri, Mar 29, 2013.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    Agree Rationale. All dopers don't stay home and what they do can affect the rest of us. We do not need more intoxicants legalized.

  • boohoo2U posted at 3:55 pm on Fri, Mar 29, 2013.

    boohoo2U Posts: 406


  • boohoo2U posted at 3:54 pm on Fri, Mar 29, 2013.

    boohoo2U Posts: 406

    let's outlaw all pharmaceuticals patented since 1870 followed by all chemicals. All you turds against natural medicine will screambloodymurder when your life support is outlawed.

  • Rationale posted at 2:48 pm on Fri, Mar 29, 2013.

    Rationale Posts: 1976

    You people are so full of cr$p! Please shut up already!

    Yeah, like all marijuana users live alone on the outskirts of town!

    Yeah, like they all stay home on the weekends!

    Then there is the "no victim, no crime!" Well, when kids are in the house, there are victims! Or the fact that long-term use shrinks the brain, causes memory loss, and other wonderful side effects that we get to pay for!

    And just to prove a point: 2 weeks ago, back in Connecticut, a young Pratt & Whitney intern from Oregon who just moved in February was in a severe car wreck! Two ruptured discs; concussion, cracked sternum! All he was doing was sitting at an intersection waiting for a light to turn green. Thanks to you "harmless" marijuana users, his car was totaled! Toxicology report? Only MARIJUANA was found in his system! Oh, and that "upstanding" citizen was underinsured!

    But keep defending loser druggies! Make up all the excuses you can! With any luck, all of you can trade places with that P&W employee!

  • efromm posted at 2:46 pm on Fri, Mar 29, 2013.

    efromm Posts: 689

    Ya like the ones in City Hall. Government corruption around here is rampant.....

  • efromm posted at 2:44 pm on Fri, Mar 29, 2013.

    efromm Posts: 689

    So which ones are drugs again? Cause I see people going to the pharmacist every day using drugs to get through life. MJ is an herb it's natural. Those drugs that you are getting from the pharmacy are not natural and have very terrible side effects. This entire society is using some type of mind altering substances of some sort every day.......

  • Cbox posted at 1:13 pm on Fri, Mar 29, 2013.

    Cbox Posts: 4

    some people have to take a Dr. prescribed medication, to get through the day are they worthless to?

    it must be so nice to be perfect as yourself....

    PS< pot heads don't go and start cooking meth, or breaking into houses.. you need to stop drinking the kool aid

  • Cbox posted at 1:08 pm on Fri, Mar 29, 2013.

    Cbox Posts: 4

    I could not agree more.... not sure why our law enforcement, isn't focusing more attention of the real criminals in this town and there are plenty of them, only problem it is all kept hush hush....

  • Cbox posted at 1:05 pm on Fri, Mar 29, 2013.

    Cbox Posts: 4

    you are s ill informed...... ya lets string him up for a few plants so we tax payers can pay for him to be incarcerated.........This is NO crime, you want crime come out of the gym downtown and watch a guy prowling cars in broad daylight.......

  • will-- posted at 12:58 pm on Fri, Mar 29, 2013.

    will-- Posts: 1088

    "Or even better legalize it and tax the dickens out of it!"

    What are you smokin? We just got relief from the personal property tax and now you want to tax someting else.

  • Keven Johnson posted at 12:52 pm on Fri, Mar 29, 2013.

    Keven Johnson Posts: 1424

    You know, it would only take one person who understands the concept of personal liberty on this jury to ensure justice is served in the end.

    No Victim, No crime.

  • Keven Johnson posted at 12:51 pm on Fri, Mar 29, 2013.

    Keven Johnson Posts: 1424

    No Victim = No Crime, Idahotater. I agree that it's sad when someone "needs" to get high to get through life, but some just use marijuana occasionally to relax, much like one enjoys a glass of wine or a beer. And in any case, it's none of your concern what someone else smokes, or drinks, or eats, so long as they don't harm you.

  • CaiusCosades posted at 12:14 pm on Fri, Mar 29, 2013.

    CaiusCosades Posts: 380

    IdahoTater, I've never used drugs in my life nor will I ever. But I'm sure smart enough not to tell other people what to do or try to claim to be some kind of authority over them. I'm smart enough to rely on facts as opposed to the smoke and mirror arguments that ignorant republicans rely on. I'm sure you consider "reefer madness" a great documentary huh?

    You republicans are all the same. Such hypocrites. You say "Don't tell me what to do and there should be little government as possible" and yet you try to tell everybody else what to do and promote big government to enforce your silly beliefs via "the law".

    I don't smoke pot, however I know folks who do. These people are not criminals. You can't tell me that a 70 year old man smoking a joint on his back porch out in the woods where NOBODY ever even knows is some sort of crime. This man has never committed a crime in his life, he's not going to cook meth and break into houses. More than likely he'll read a few chapters in his book and sneak in a nap around 3pm on his hammock.

    Anyways, if you don't want people to support drug dealers, why not let them grow their own? Or even better legalize it and tax the dickens out of it!

    Idahotater I hope this world shows you the "string em up" stupid hillbilly attitude you afford others. I hope when you do any small thing that other's disagree with, they string you up. Being as ignorant as you are, makes your life not worth living. As Socrates famously pointed out "The unexamined life is not worth living".

  • will-- posted at 12:12 pm on Fri, Mar 29, 2013.

    will-- Posts: 1088

    Just another case of reefer madness.

  • babydriver posted at 11:38 am on Fri, Mar 29, 2013.

    babydriver Posts: 1393

    Oh BARF, potato brain.

  • 1inIdaho posted at 11:07 am on Fri, Mar 29, 2013.

    1inIdaho Posts: 268

    idahotater: I am curious as to whether you smoke cigarettes, use any kind of smokeless tobacco, drink any sort of alcohol, or coffee, or caffeinated soda? Maybe you don't... but a good many people are addicted, and NEED a cigarette, a cup of coffee, or a glass of wine, to get through their day. Does that mean that their lives aren't worth living? Who died and made you the final arbiter of such things?

    ALL of those (perfectly legal) things that I mentioned, create an altered state in the human body and mind. What do you think "getting high" is?
    Nobody thinks of smoking cigarettes to get high... but what happens when someone smokes a cigarette? The nicotine acts on the body and creates a pleasurable stimulus to the brain. How is that not like getting high? And, how are cigarettes (or smokeless tobacco products, which do the same thing) any LESS addictive than marijuana?
    Caffeine is another drug, which we don't even THINK about in terms of having an affect on our body or mind; but which no-doubt DOES alter our physical and mental state. It may not be as strong, in its euphoric effects... but for regular caffeine users, you KNOW that it alters your state. The addiction to caffeine is no easier to kick, than cigarettes, either. Yet, we are so accepting of THIS drug; that we don't even regulate its use by CHILDREN.

    I just don't see where anyone, like idahotater, can be anything less than a total hypocrite; if they condemn someone for using marijuana (or any other drug), if THEY use alcohol, tobacco, or caffeine, themselves.

    The law which makes marijuana ILlegal, is ridiculously arbitrary.
    If the same law were applied to alcohol, tobacco, or caffeine; how many of these sanctimonious people would become law-breakers, themselves?
    How is it any more of the government's business whether someone smokes marijuana, or whether they drink a glass of wine?

    There is a great deal of speculation on various conspiracies, regarding the legality of drugs. Most involve links between the government and Big Pharma, or our intelligence agencies and their undeclared budgets.
    I'm not much for conspiracy theories.
    But I do think it's time that our government got out of the business of dictating personal freedoms.

  • BoxcarBill posted at 11:05 am on Fri, Mar 29, 2013.

    BoxcarBill Posts: 1074

    ... God be praised!

  • idahotater posted at 9:40 am on Fri, Mar 29, 2013.

    idahotater Posts: 54

    Doesn't matter what you "recreational" pot smokers think. he broke the law, string'em up. He is a criminal, next he will be cooking meth, breaking into homes, whatever. If you have to be "high" to get through life, then your life isn't worth living.

  • CaiusCosades posted at 9:22 am on Fri, Mar 29, 2013.

    CaiusCosades Posts: 380

    Our local law enforcement is pathetic, this whole story is sad and pathetic. The never ending cycle of people who want to smoke a joint just like someone else would like to drink a glass of wine, being raped by our legal system that once you're in it, you never get out of it as you now become part of their funding for their programs. This is sick. Just look at the Records section, almost all of the poor slobs in there are petty drug users, a never ending cycle. Albert Einstein once famously stated that the definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over yet expecting different results.

  • boohoo2U posted at 8:58 am on Fri, Mar 29, 2013.

    boohoo2U Posts: 406

    Big Pharma psychopath Psychiatrist Association targets budding Naturopaths promising to provide natural relief for anxiety and pain. Should have kept his operation limited to 23 plants.

  • librtyhuntr posted at 8:49 am on Fri, Mar 29, 2013.

    librtyhuntr Posts: 317

    Being suicidal on whose word commands a search warrant. slam dunk case for a half wit lawyer to get a dismissal of all charges, but what a waste of taxpayer money,

  • SPUDIO posted at 8:34 am on Fri, Mar 29, 2013.

    SPUDIO Posts: 101

    Waste of time and resources!

  • DeNiles posted at 7:11 am on Fri, Mar 29, 2013.

    DeNiles Posts: 2450

    Rathdrum did say they wanted new enterprises. Probably and export agricultural program for Washington State. 24, 8 inch plants is significant? I bet the guy had like a harvester to help reap his, ahem, crops.

  • NoName posted at 7:10 am on Fri, Mar 29, 2013.

    NoName Posts: 253

    24 plants, 8 inches tall? That dude's a regular ol' Tony Montana!

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