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Magic Lantern to screen ‘Kid Cannabis’ tonight

My friend Kevin Taylor gets around the Inland Northwest. We first worked together more than 30 years ago at the short-lived Spokane Sports Journal. Then both of us graduated to The Spokesman-Review. Kevin later worked for the Pacific Northwest Inlander and is now a freelance writer who shops his stuff around, as all good independent journalists tend to do.

As the author of literally hundreds of stories, Kevin has immersed himself in many aspects of Pacific Northwest life. One of the stories that he did nine years ago for the Inlander, though, may be the only one that inspired a movie. "Kid Cannibis," which will open Friday at the Magic Lantern Theater, is based on a story that Kevin wrote under the headline "B.C. Bud: The Region's Top Cash Crop."

Here's the movie's synopsis, as provided by IMDB: "An 18-year-old high school drop-out and his 27-year-old friend start trafficking marijuana across the border of Canada in order to make money and their lives are changed forever."

A special advance screening of the film will be held tonight at the Lantern beginning at 9:45. According to Kevin, those who attend will have access "to cheap wine," which I don't think is a code phrase for anything other than … cheap wine. Damnit.

Whatever. Tickets are $10.