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Folio Weekly Magazine happily announces that founding publisher and co-owner Sam Taylor has finally completed his “layaway program” to consolidate ownership of the news magazine and other media assets. Taylor is now the sole owner of Folio Media House. Former co-owner and vice president Farrar Martin will remain with the team as an associate publisher.

The consolidation is a “lifelong dream” of Taylor’s, and he looks forward to many more years as the fearless leader of Northeast Florida’s alternative voice.

*A previous version incorrectly spelled Farrar Martin's name   More



After tallying nearly 700,000 signatures, the Florida Division of Elections says the petition to legalize medical marijuana in the state has exceeded the requirement to be placed on the 2016 ballot. The corresponding amendment will appear on the November ballot as Amendment 2.

The Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, also Amendment 2, was on the November 4, 2014 ballot, where it was defeated. Advocates for “compassionate use” such as John Morgan of Jacksonville law firm Morgan and Morgan are optimistic about the potential outcome this time around.

“This November, Florida will pass this law and hundreds of thousands of sick and suffering people will see relief,” Morgan said in a press release issued by United for Care – a Florida based organization dedicated to legalization of Marijuana for medical use in the state.

If it earns 60 percent approval from voters, amendment 2 will make Florida the 24th state to allow physicians to recommend marijuana to individuals with debilitating conditions.

Passage of amendment 2 won’t necessarily guarantee those who are prescribed medicinal marijuana will be getting it immediately. In June 2014 Gov. Rick Scott signed off on the legalization of low-THC marijuana, also known as Charlotte’s Web. Yet, it took more than a year for the Florida Department of Health gave contracts to grow and dispense the drug in four regions across the state. While patients await treatment, there are currently 11 nurseries across the state disputing the FDOH’s decisions.   More


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POWER UP: Half-cent Sales Tax

As state lawmakers return to Tallahassee after an extended vacation, they’ll have a full plate of both new and neglected challenges. They’ll also have a visitor in Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, who is sounding the alarm — even going as far as to say, “the sky really is falling” — asking the legislature to approve a measure that would allow the city to use a half-cent sales tax increase, which was approved and instituted through the Better Jacksonville Plan in 2000, to pay down the city’s crippling unfunded pension liability.

NEXT: 5-11 is just fine >>>   More



The campaign banner, which stretches across four windows in a vacant storefront, seemed ironically placed on the corner of Park and King streets in the perennially progressive Riverside District near Downtown Jacksonville — kind of like the Brooklyn smartasses coopting the candidates “Make America Great Again” slogan to make hats that read “Make America Read Again.”

In any event, someone has defaced it and The Donald now resembles the Führer.

The sign now reads “Heil Donald Trump” and “Nazi Candidate for President” instead of “We Want Donald Trump” and “Republican Candidate for President.”

The space at 2655 Park St. was formerly Extreme Logo Rugs Inc.   More



“It’s evident to see how far we’ve come in many aspects of our game."

— Shad Khan

When you cover a team like the Jacksonville Jaguars, which has been in "wait till next year" mode since the Barack Obama "historic victory" post-inauguration collectible plates were a hot item, you see the same things over and over again.

Close losses. Mental errors. A lack of roster depth. Familiar signposts on the road to 5-11. To an eighth straight year out of the postseason, in the weakest division in the NFL, won this year by the most patchwork team the Houston Texans have ever amassed.

Jonas Gray and Denard Robinson couldn’t get anything done all game long at the tailback position.

And sacks and quarterback pressure against the Jags’ offense? They were there, like the Christmas leftovers gathering mold in the back of the fridge. Two sacks in the first quarter for the Texans set the tone for eight total Texans sacks of Blake Bortles. And Jags' OT Luke Joeckel? Preparing for his post-playing career as a turnstile.

The Jaguars, so amazingly well-coached that they announced retaining Gus Bradley so that the team could focus on this Houston game, were doing it all, all game long. Sergio Brown and Andre Branch out of position on defense. Joeckel and the rest of the line getting burned like forests during an August drought.

Fun Fact No. 1: 20-3 was the halftime score. Bortles with 80 yards passing and a pick.

Fun Fact No. 2: Until the 11:14 mark of the fourth quarter, the Jaguars had 108 total yards.

Down by 17 in the fourth quarter, Bortles wasn't done.

Staring down Allen Robinson like he was going to ask him to couples skate, Bortles threw his signature:

A Pick 6, putting an exclamation point on another meaningless Week 17.

A team that started four QBs. A team that lost Arian Foster. A team that was down 42-0 in Miami before halftime.

The AFC South champs took the Jags to the woodshed.

The 2015 season is …   More

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8 Pretty Great Cover Stories of 2015

#1 ELEVEN22 X 2

Straightened Out at Eleven22, by Claire Goforth

It was a big year for the 57th-fastest-growing church in America, as shortly after lead pastor of the reclaimed-woodin’, ’spro-pullin’, rock-band-havin’ The Church of Eleven22 Joby Martin was voted “Best Spiritual Leader” in our annual Best of Jax readers’ poll, Claire Goforth penned this piece about a controversial video made by and shown at the church, where a young homosexual woman recounts the time Martin told her she “can’t be gay.”





People often accuse me of lacking a sense of humor. I know a good joke when I hear one, though. Exhibit A:

“Gus Bradley has never talked about the playoffs in his time with the Jaguars” — Random CBS Z-List announcer so deadpanned. So typical of how the national media has treated Jacksonville football over the years. Even during the 14-2 regular season in the 1990s, there was always this kind of condescension toward the River City.

Now that there’s been a long stretch of mediocrity-or-worse, the rhetoric and results line up.

The Saints game was one of those when someone (who was lucky enough not to be watching the game) might look at the final score, see 38-27 and 368 passing yards, and think that it was another seamless performance by the fantasy football-friendly Jags’ offense. However, the signature play of Sunday’s game was not on the stat sheet: It was Blake Bortles being hit in the groin with a shotgun snap.

The final score and final box score (larded with garbage time production) might lead one to believe this was a competitive game.

Don’t buy it. The outcome was never in doubt.

The Saints came out and disrespected the Jags on offense, storming down the field with 4:27 elapsed and 70 yards from Brees on that first drive, as he cut through the Jags’ defense like it was preseason.

After a Jags’ punt, the Saints had the ball again at their own two.

This set up a 98-yard drive, culminating with a Brees-to-Cooks strike for 71 yards, putting the home team up 14-0 at the end of one quarter, with 169 passing yards from Brees.

Bortles was picked on the next drive; Allen Robinson couldn’t bring in the pass, but a Saints defensive end did.

From there, you could see some give in the Jags’ defense. Tim Hightower found space running up the middle and, after yet another Jags’ penalty in the secondary, Hightower took a screen pass for 27 yards to the Jacksonville 1, then, …   More

Jag City


Listening to the national media before the Atlanta game, it was hard not to feel a little bit giddy.

The Jaguars, many folks predicted, would beat Matt Ryan and his Falcons with ease. The Atlanta Falcons, unfortunately, didn’t get the memo. And the way they handled their business underscored why the Jaguars are a 5-9 team.

The first drive was an augury: Atlanta got the ball first, and drove 80 yards down the field in 8 plays and 4:12, pushed by 44 yards from Julio Jones and FSU product Devonta Freeman knocking over the pylon as he crashed into the end zone on a 5-yard run. Matt Ryan: six for six on the drive.

The second quarter featured a second efficient Ryan drive, culminating in an 11-yard strike to - Jones, putting Atlanta up 14 to 3. Those who were waiting for the Falcons to self-destruct like they did a week before in Charlotte began to realize that wasn’t going to happen.

After trading punts, Jacksonville had the ball inside its own 20 with 1:42 left in the half. Bortles, in 2-minute mode, had the offense on the move against a soft Falcons zone, until throwing one of those classic poorly timed interceptions in the end zone. The interception, returned to the Jacksonville 14, set up a Falcons field goal, putting Atlanta up 17 to 3.

The Jaguars, for a second week in a row, needed some magic in the final 30 minutes.

And, for a moment, they were getting it, chunk play by chunk play, on a 9-play, 4:20-drive that covered 80 yards and cut the Falcons’ lead in half, ending with a Bortles bootleg for the touchdown.

Then Ryan served up a pick to Paul Posluszny, giving Jacksonville the ball inside the 50 and all the momentum in the world, as Bortles moved the ball down the field in a drive that culminated with a strike to Allen Robinson, tying the game up at 17, which was where it stood at the end.

Jacksonville punted the ball back in short order, a three and out forced by an aggressive Falcons’ defense, as each team saw …   More


Art Basel in Miami Beach attracts artists and art lovers from around the world and the entire city of Miami is transformed as multiple art fairs and festivals pop up from the beach to the Wynwood arts district and beyond.

Tachyons + (former Jacksonville noise collective members Logan Owlbeemoth and Omebi Velouria from Telepathik Friend) created trippy visuals using custom electronics and video effects during the Look Alive Festival at Churchill's Pub featuring Wolf Eyes and Silver Apples.

Zac Freeman had a piece displayed in the Context Art Miami show where Folio Weekly caught up with Overstreet Ducasse and Princess Simpson Rashid.

Ducasse’s brilliant artwork was featured in two shows just north of Wynwood (including the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center). Florida painter Kevin Grass displayed seven new photo realistic / surreal paintings at Spectrum Miami.   More


Muscled Out of the Marijuana Biz

Gainesville nurseryman Alan Shapiro just wants to grow some pot. Low-THC marijuana meant for medical purposes, that is. But his nursery, San Felasco Nurseries Inc., may be shut out of the business despite receiving the highest score from the Florida Department of Health in Northeast Florida.

A three-person Department of Health panel was formed to grade nurseries around the state and award five nurseries — one in each region — licenses to grow the so-called Charlotte's Web. San Felasco, also known as Grandiflora, received the highest score out of any in the region, and Shapiro thought his nursery would be awarded one of the licenses. San Felasco, however, received a letter from the DOH, claiming it had been disqualified because an employee had failed his or her level-two background check.

Shapiro disputes that claim, saying there was a "discrepancy" in the background check in question, and the DOH did not give him an opportunity to correct the discrepancy. Further, in his petition, he claims the discrepancy does not constitute a disqualifying offense, and even if it did, the employee's record was expunged, eliminating it as a disqualifying offense.

The offense: A 2004 misdemeanor charge for possession of a depressant, stimulants, hallucinogenics or steroids, according to the petition, not a severe-enough offense, according to Florida statute.

According to DOH's rules, each nursery applicant was required to provide a level-2 background check, which checks a person's arrest and criminal record with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, for all its owners and managers. Until that and other requirements were met, no nursery was to be scored, according to the rules.

San Felasco, however, was scored, and received the highest score in the region, 3.975, beating second-place Chestnut Hill by nearly .2 points.

That implies, Shapiro argued in his petition, that the department "had concluded that all owners and managers for San Felasco …   More