In 1979, the US Customs Service reported that 87% of all marijuana seizures in the US were made in the South Florida area. Due to the region’s 5,000 miles of coast and coastal waterways and close proximity to the Caribbean and Latin America, South Florida was a pot smuggler’s paradise. In sharp contrast to the brazenly violent cocaine cowboys of the 1980’s, Miami’s marijuana smugglers were cooler, calmer, and for the most part, nonviolent. Square Grouper paints a vivid portrait of Miami’s pot smuggling culture in the 1970s and 1980s through three of the city’s most colorful stories.
Salon: “A hilarious, tragic tale of Florida ganja infused with the spirit of Elmore Leonard and Jimmy Buffett”
New York Post: “So much pot is consumed that you could get a contact high just watching it”
Miami New Times: “The easy going tone of Square Grouper was reminiscent of a chilled out, reefer enhanced day in the sultry Florida sun… rakontur’s best yet.”
Miami Herald: “Corben has done an impressive amount of journalistic reserch that will be of particular interest to South Florida audiences. Every time you think Miami couldn’t possibly get any weirder, it does.”
IFC: “Corben’s storytelling reminds me a little of David Simon’s in the TV series The Wire”