Ganja Outpost is the home of the stories of Skip Steele, an original pioneer from the early days of Caribbean Cannabis Smuggling. Skip is a native Floridian, raised in the sun and oceans along Florida’s East and West Coast.
The Son of a Professor, and Grandson of a depression-era bareknuckle fighter and Veteran of six major WWI battles, Skip cut his teeth in the canals, estuaries and waterways of the Gulf Coast. He became a waterman and adventurer who combined his love of cannabis with lessons learned from experiences as a surfer to create one of the largest cannabis smuggling operations into America throughout the 1970’s.
Skip’s closest friends were the first to make a journey in a 24′ Lafitte Skiff to Jamaica to load up with beautiful Ganja. This early Jamaican Cannabis was the spark that lead to the exploration and eventual smuggling operations in other parts of the Caribbean, Morocco and eventually parts in Asia. These early watermen risked life and limb, putting everything on the line to introduce the highest quality marijuana, ever seen at that point, to coastal beachtowns up and down Florida, the Gulf Coast and along the East Coast.
While Skip and his original surfing crew of friends from the beach were fine crafting the import of small loads of cannabis and the local distribution of this beautiful commodity in beach towns throughout the Southeast, some of Skip’s family were immersed in battle in the jungles of Vietnam.
While Skip’s crew was attending anti-war rallies and smoking & selling herb on the beach, Skip’s brother and fellow officers from the Air Force Academy were busy with life and death military operations in one of America’s most controversial wars.
After being completely disillusioned by the horrors of war, these patriots returned to society in search of the adventure that they became accustomed to during their time in South East Asia.
As fate would have it, Skip became the critical component in merging two unique groups of very talented cannabis entrepreneurs. As the younger brother of an Air Force Officer and best friends with an emerging group of talented Caribbean smugglers, Skip introduced these two groups, blending a highly trained crew of military-trained thrill seekers with cannabis passionate surfers and hippies who, together, would shape the early cannabis smuggling efforts in America.
After a journey that has spanned nearly four decades, Skip is now sharing his tales exclusively with Ganja Outpost.
As Buffett so elegantly states, “It’s a semi-true story…believe it or not…I’ve made up a few things and there’s some I forgot…But the life and the talent are all real to me….a semi-true story…”
The following tales cover the path of one young Cannabis Smuggler from his perspective from the early days in the 1960’s until the time of Skip’s retirement in the early 80’s.
We hope you enjoy these tales of life as a talented, passionate cannabis smuggler in the 1970’s and 80’s.
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