When people think of Miami and drugs, they instantly think of cocaine, but the truth is the city's preferred illegal substance is marijuana. We just keep it on the down-low a bit more. This isn't like Seattle or Portland, where everyone who smokes pot instantly grows dreads and decides to base their entire identity around the ganja. However, that doesn't mean the Magic City doesn't have some out and proud iconic stoners.
The Boss' drug-dealing past might be largely manufactured, so although he may not have sold as many drugs in his lifetime as his lyrics suggest, there's no denying he has certainly bought lots of them. The Teflon Don's Instagram page is full of pics of the sticky icky, so if there were any question about how he's spending 4/20, he answered that this morning.
Williams was pretty much the unintentional poster boy for pot-smoking athletes back in his days with the Miami Dolphins. Three failed drug tests even forced Williams to play a year in the CFL, but his pot use was never purely recreational. He says he used the drug to help with depression and anxiety. He has since changed his ways, though, and says he no longer smokes pot, in part because he no longer has to deal with the pain and stress of playing in the NFL.
Dan Marino — Allegedly
There's no hard evidence to suggest Dan the Man was a pothead, but stories of Marino toking up are the thing of locker-room lore. Former offensive tackle Kyle Turley told Dan Le Batard as much back in 2011.
"I heard Dan Marino did, down there in Miami," Turley claimed. "That's a rumor, but I don't know. You'd have to ask Danny. All those old pictures of him and his old hair, I wouldn't pass it by him."
A comedian turned two-time candidate for mayor of Miami Beach, Steve Berke gained an interest in politics after working with a campaign to decriminalize marijuana on the Beach. His pro-marijuana stance was a big part of his platform — and his comedy. He produced this Grease parody music video last year to support an amendment to legalize medical marijuana in Florida.
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Platshorn was part of the notorious Black Tuna Gang, which smuggled 500 tons of marijuana into America more than a year and half in the '70s and for a time operated from a room at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. Platshorn ended up serving 29 years behind bars, but as a free man, he has emerged as an advocate for medical marijuana among seniors.
Wayne reportedly once had problems selling a Miami Beach condo he owned because the marijuana stench was so bad. Let's hope that won't be a problem as he tries to unload his Miami Beach mansion.