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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    • Documentary

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.

    Part 1: Blue Thunder

    Part 1: 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
    Part 2: Santa Marta Gold

    Part 2: 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
    Part 3: Collision Course

    Part 3: 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
    Part 4: Domino Effect

    Part 4: 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
    Part 5: Two Finish Lines

    Part 5: 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
    Part 6: Smoke Clears

    Part 6: 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

Customer Reviews

Both Sides Seen ,

Great story, Important topic

As a former drug prosecutor, criminal defense attorney, and as an American voter, I so appreciate this story and every aspect into which this podcast delves. To be honest, I did skip through the first episode but the remainder held my attention and will stick with me as an important story that is well told and deserves attention. Consider me a fan!

ShannonigansK ,

Money. Intrigue. Weed. Hop on it.

An important story told with masterful storytelling. Smoked brings 1980s Miami to life while still staying relevant to Miami’s relationship with marijuana today. Money. Intrigue. Weed. What more could you want?

Bluedemond09 ,

Great Poduction

I had a great time listening to the podcast on my drive to work . It was very informative and and well done. Love the special sound effects.

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