Today Miami, Florida is looked at as a hot destination for tourists from all around the world, although at one time or another it wasn't always that glamorous. Before the 19060’s and 1970’s rolled around, Miami let alone most of Florida was considered more of a retirement home than a popular tourist destination full of wild parties and beautiful weather.
During the 60’s and 70’s era the whole retirement scene was quickly thrown out the window for a more glamorous way of life, although that glamour has some dark and hideous shadows lurking in the background. The “Rich Man Drug” or better known as cocaine was a booming industry during the whole “hippie and disco movements that took american culture by storm. With Cuba and the rest of the south american countries easily accessible from the coast, Florida was only nature to become the import capital of America for drugs.
However before Cocaine because the drug of choice, Marijuana was largely being smuggled in through these Florida routes, the problem was that the profit wasn't even close to what the risk was worth. That and it’s easier to grow Marijuana in the United states than it is to grow a field of Cocaine, so the switch was inevitable.
Jon Roberts and Mickey Munday were the two american masterminds in turing Florida into the state it is today, so even though you may say “mmmkay, drugs are bad”(Mr Mackey), there are some incredibly positive side effects that the economy took on that you can be thankful for. During the 1960’s and 1970’s there were more banks opened in Florida, specifically the Miami area than the rest of the united states, and it wasn't even close.
The biggest problem was the cartel that was associated with both Jon Roberts and Mickey Munday, they were known as the Medellín Cartel. This cartel was extremely ruthless, the kind of stuff that you would and could only imagine with the help of a movie.
The movie “Cocaine Cowboys” is a great documentary that will shed light on the real story on how Miami came to be what it is today. You can even argue that this moment in Miami's history also had a profound effect on the rest of the country as well.