Man who smuggled marijuana from Canada to Idaho, subject of Rolling Stone’s “Kid Cannabis,” killed in Hayden shooting

February 25, 2019 GMT

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Monday that the victim in Sunday’s fatal shooting in Hayden is Michael “Topher” Christopher Clark – a man who became famous after his odyssey of smuggling marijuana from Canada was detailed in a Rolling Stone article and movie.

Clark, 45, was gunned down about 1:45 a.m. Sunday morning after a fight erupted outside The Tipsy Pine bar, 8166 N. Government Way. Scott M. White, 33, of Coeur d’Alene, was arrested in connection with the shooting. He faces a charge of second-degree murder.

Witnesses told deputies the two men were fighting inside the bar when the altercation erupted outside in the parking lot, where White shot Clark. White was detained until deputies arrived.


Clark, who went by “Topher” to friends, was immortalized in a 2005 Rolling Stone article titled “Kid Cannabis.” A movie of the same name was released in 2014.

The story chronicled Clark and his friend Nate Norman’s drug empire, which grew out of Coeur d’Alene after the pair bought marijuana in Canada and sold it in Idaho, making an exorbitant amount of cash.

The two were indicted in 2003, along with 22 others, on federal drug charges.

This story is developing.