Shelton Hull

Shelton Hull has been writing for Folio Weekly since 1997, but his resume goes back even further. He has written for almost every newspaper, magazine and zine in Northeast Florida, as well as publications like Orlando Weekly, Narrow GNV, Creative Loafing Tampa, Charleston City Paper, Ink19 and The Atlantic. He currently writes the "Folio Weed" column, which he created in 2018; he remains one of the widest-read and most influential cannabis writers in the world today. He also compiles material for "Weird Wild Stuff" column, and he previously wrote the legendary "Money Jungle" column for Folio Weekly from 1999 to 2009. He is a regular contributor to "First Coast Connect" on WJCT, as well as the Jacksonville Music Experience. He is a co-host of "The Contrast Project" and the "Bold City Civics" podcast. He is also a co-founder of the record label Bold City Music Productions. He can be reached at [email protected].

The Straight Man

Words by Shelton Hull  ‘My Show, Also My Life’ returns Jan. 29   It was mere days ago that I interviewed comedian Ted Brown, the writer, director, producer, editor and also the star of “My Show, Also My Life,” which has the unique distinction of being a show that is actually fresh, and actually new. True originality in our densely oversaturated media landscape is way harder than you think, but Brown has somehow managed to do so, almost entirely by chance.   The show, also his life, is unscripted. It basically involves Brown walking around as his own sort of …

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Weird Wild Stuff

Words by Shelton Hull  2024 is here, and so is this column, and year No. 3 begins now. This column is being written on Jan. 4, and you might think that’s hardly enough time to find enough fresh hell to fill this space. But oh, no, it’s like the man Ryan George says, “Super easy, barely an inconvenience.” The holidays are over, and things are now back to normal — which is to say, very much abnormal.   Last year ended with one of the most decisive thrashings in the entire history of organized sports, and this year began with another …

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Folio Weed: Choose or Lose

Words by Shelton Hull  Happy New Year to all those who celebrate. Some of you might still be celebrating by the time you read this, in which case you probably need some help, and I hope you get it. The year ahead looks very interesting, in particular, as it relates to cannabis, a subject that “Folio” is now in its seventh year of covering. Yes, 2004 stands to be quite momentous on that front and many others, so let’s talk a bit about that, while things are still relatively quiet and peaceful because that is not gonna last for long. …

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Folio Weed Gift Guide 2023

Words by Shelton Hull   The holidays are here, and that always means great food, reuniting with friends and family, and of course, presents. We all like what we like, but if you’re reading this, you probably like weed and gimmicks related to it. And if it’s gimmicks you want, it’s gimmicks you’ll get! We reached out to you, the readers, in search of suggestions for presents to please the cannabisseurs in your life, and the feedback was fulsome. In particular, we wanted to put special emphasis on unique items made locally, whenever possible. So let’s dive in!   Former …

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Weird Wild Stuff

Words by Shelton Hull   Well, 2023 is almost over, and we have seen all kinds of weirdness this year. We have a Democrat as mayor of Jacksonville and a football team that’s actually good (despite the incessant fickleness of sports media, who are still getting used to it), both of which feel more like miraculous than just weird. Florida has retained its title as the weirdest state in America, but our friends to the north and west have given us some pretty stiff competition. We’ve compiled a slew of strangeness in this column over the past 12 months, and …

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Mood Stabilizers: Jazz+Food=Perfection

Words by Shelton Hull   “Fine dining” is about more than just the food itself, although that is the most important thing. Fine dining is a state of mind, a mix of atmosphere and attitude that begins before you’ve even left the house. From the time you select your outfit, you’re immersing yourself into the whole experience, physically and mentally. Once you walk through the doors, the adventure has begun, and the pace is set immediately by the ambient sounds within.    An easy cheat-code for setting the mood is to use music, particularly jazz, which rose up from the …

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Folio Weed: The Doctor Is IN

Words by Shelton Hull One of the main questions asked by readers of this column is whether or not I, the author of the column, have a medical marijuana card. The answer to that remains “no,” but why? Well, it’s just general laziness. Having grown up in and around the black market, old habits die hard. Also, I balked at the fee, which I was only going to pay if it was a business expense, and it’s all way more hassle, way more paperwork than I can tolerate. So no, not yet.   I have, however, put myself into the …

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Weird Wild Stuff

Words by Shelton Hull   Here’s some breaking news: Men are vain. You may know that already, if you’re a Carly Simon fan or just a woman in general, but this is extreme. “GQ,” which has been at the forefront of masculine culture for decades, recently ran an article about a disturbing new subculture of men who are, shall we say, not tall, but who have taken extreme measures to achieve new heights of, well, height. They’re getting this done in the worst possible way: by paying upwards of $75,000 each to have their damn femurs broken with titanium nails …

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Sensorial Seduction

Nightlife legend Bruce Chambers & co. celebrated in new Max Michaels book  Words by Shelton Hull The 5 Points neighborhood has been the epicenter of alternative culture in Northeast Florida for decades, long before that term gained global prominence in the early 1990s. The strip and its surrounding streets were very different back then, a virtual oasis of record stores, hip boutiques and all the usual accoutrements that one would expect of that area and countless more in pretty much every city in America. At its core, in that era, was Club 5, which began life as a movie theater …

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Koz and Effect: Dave Koz returns to the Florida Theatre

Words by Shelton Hull By the time the Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour performs on Thursday, November 30 at the newly-renovated Florida Theatre (which just reopened on October 28), it will be the sixth of 24 shows they’ve booked for just one month. Koz and co. will be hitting a different city almost every night between Thanksgiving and Christmas, with the last nine shows booked for his home state of California before the tour ends in Modesto on December 23. At this point, Koz is probably best-known for his Christmas music, but the man’s resume runs way deep. For …

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