7 episodes

In the 1980s, racing prodigy Randy Lanier shot to stardom at the Indy 500—and funded his racing through a secret double life as one of the biggest pot kingpins in American history. Now, after serving nearly 30 years in prison, Lanier's tale of weed, speed and the road ahead highlights society's changing relationship with marijuana, and the legacy of those already incarcerated for it.

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In the 1980s, racing prodigy Randy Lanier shot to stardom at the Indy 500—and funded his racing through a secret double life as one of the biggest pot kingpins in American history. Now, after serving nearly 30 years in prison, Lanier's tale of weed, speed and the road ahead highlights society's changing relationship with marijuana, and the legacy of those already incarcerated for it.

    Blue Thunder

    Blue Thunder

    By the early-1980s, Randy Lanier is a star on the rise with his racing team, Blue Thunder. But amid the booming drug trade in Lanier’s home of South Florida, his growing celebrity hides an equally remarkable double life.
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    • 30 min
    Santa Marta Gold

    Santa Marta Gold

    A teenager of the ‘70s, growing up near Miami with peace, love, and plenty of pot, Lanier first discovers a dime-bag-sized entrepreneurial streak—then the riches in store for Florida’s daring drug smugglers.
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    • 34 min
    Collision Course

    Collision Course

    As feds aggressively target South Florida drug syndicates, Lanier’s audacious racing and drug-smuggling careers both come to a head. How long can Lanier continue tempting fate, on the track and off it?
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    • 31 min
    Domino Effect

    Domino Effect

    Florida’s pot business falls apart, and for Lanier everything comes crashing down. He’s arrested, and ultimately given a “natural death sentence” for drug smuggling: Lanier will go to prison in handcuffs and leave in a coffin.
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    • 35 min
    Two Finish Lines

    Two Finish Lines

    Lanier ultimately seeks rehabilitation behind bars, inspired by what his reimagined life could be. Outside, pot goes through its own rebranding, and Florida’s path to legal weed takes shape.
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    • 36 min
    Smoke Clears

    Smoke Clears

    In late 2014, Lanier becomes a free man. It’s now a new day for pot in Florida and nationwide—and for Lanier, who seeks out ways to help others by drawing on his experiences from his old life.
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    • 38 min

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