The Gem State hits the big screen this week with the story of the 2002 murder of a northern Idaho man and the drug smuggling operation that led to the crime.
The Director of “Kid Cannabis,” John Stockwell, tells the Coeur d’Alene press that he became interested in the story after reading about it in Rolling Stone.
The film takes a look at the life of drug smuggler Brenden Butler and his rival, Nate Norman. Butler was the adopted son of a wealthy Hayden Lake family who was importing marijuana from Canada. Norman was a 19-year-old high school dropout who, over the course of a year, went from delivering pizzas to operating a multi-million dollar marijuana smuggling operation.
After HBO Films optioned the movie, Stockwell traveled to north Idaho to research the story, meeting the FBI agent who investigated the case and even interviewing Norman himself.
The movie stars Jonathan Daniel Brown, Kenny Wormald, Aaron Woo, Ron Perlman, and John C. McGingley.
“Kid Cannabis” will be see a limited release in theaters and but will be available on iTunes everywhere this Friday.