8 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
    • 4.7 • 86 Ratings

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.

    Introducing Longshot: Return Man

    Introducing Longshot: Return Man

    From the producers of Smoked comes an investigation into the remarkable life and mysterious death of the only Super Bowl champion from Lancaster, S.C. In 1970, Jim Duncan was a star on the rise for the Baltimore Colts, and the top kickoff return man in the NFL. Then, two years later, authorities say Duncan, who was Black, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside his hometown police station. Many Black people alive in Lancaster at the time didn't believe the official account of the death. They also didn't openly question it. Until now. Reported and hosted by Bret McCormick of The Herald in Rock Hill, S.C.
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    • 1 min
    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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    • 33 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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    • 36 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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    • 33 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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    • 38 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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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
86 Ratings

86 Ratings

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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