Folio Weed

Folio Weed

Words by Shelton Hull From the time I started this column, way back in September 2017, music has been a recurring theme. And that’s to be expected, given how intrinsically American music and cannabis culture have been linked, going back at least 100 years now. Let’s talk a bit about the past this month, and we’ll get back to the future in May. The earliest criminalization efforts focused on the intersection between weed and music, specifically jazz, and the Black people who carried it from New Orleans to Chicago to New York, and soon after over the Atlantic Ocean to …

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Folio Weed: Nice Work If You Can Get It

Words by Shelton Hull  With very few exceptions, the cannabis market in Florida has seen almost continuous growth since medical marijuana sales began on January 1, 2015 with the overall value now 10 to 15 times what it was back then. That trend is almost certain to continue, and the likely approval of recreational use on the November ballot will spike those numbers like nothing we’ve seen before. You can be certain that businesses of all types are making their expansion plans, and not just the established dispensaries, though of course they are.  The ancillary effects will be felt by …

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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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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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Folio Weed: Dab’ll Do Ya

  Words by Shelton Hull    Like many longtime cannabisseurs (at least the sane, honest ones), I was thoroughly confused by dabs when all that first became a thing some years back. My tastes were simple, pedestrian even: a toke here, a bong rip there, maybe a mouthful of THC gummies soaked in Manifest vodka on very special occasions, like WrestleMania or the election of Barack Obama. The first time I saw a dab rig, I had no idea what it was; maybe a glass bong made by someone who was already so high that they forgot what they were …

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Folio Weed: Moody’s Blues

Words by Shelton Hull   The inaugural Camp Folio™ weekend retreat was held  August 12-14 at Camp Declan in Interlachen, about 30 miles east of Gainesville. As team-building exercises go, it was a rousing success. From interns to management, folks formed bonds and strengthened others while working together to complete a series of increasingly complicated tasks, like buying groceries for a dozen people whose actual tastes are completely unknown; staying hydrated while also trying not to drown; and cooking breakfast in a kitchen where you don’t know where anything is.   Sitting lakeside on Sunday morning, as a long grueling …

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FOLIO WEED: THC-P? Not for Me!

Words by Shelton Hull   Drugs are bad, m’kay? That much is obvious, no matter what this column (or its author) tells you. But the only thing worse than drugs are legal versions of those drugs, which are usually not legal for long.    While the high folks get from CBD (which is legal) may be suitable for folks who’ve never actually been high from THC (i.e., marijuana), many consumers are hankering for a more authentic experience, and that may lead them in the direction of various synthetic junk that can, on occasion, be lethal. Take, for example, K2 (aka …

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Folio Weed: Signed, Sealed Delivered

Words by Shelton Hull   This column has chronicled the exhaustive process of getting adult-use cannabis on our state ballot since its very inception, almost six years ago. That time was defined entirely by futility, as multiple factors (mainly internal among industry leaders) conspired to deny us easy victories in 2018, 2020 and 2022. I personally maintained it was unlikely to happen anytime soon and said so in this space as recently as a few weeks ago. This seriously almost never happens, but I was actually totally wrong in this case, and I’m glad I was.    As of June …

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Folio Weed

UV Rated: Sunburn Cannabis comes to 5 Points Words by Shelton Hull The corner of Park and Lomax streets sits at the center of historic 5 Points, which has been the epicenter of the city’s alternative culture for the past half-century, at least. It was inevitable that the neighborhood with probably the highest concentration of stoners per square foot would have its own dispensary by now, but the fact that it has only happened just now is more than curious. The building that once housed Fans & Stoves is currently home to Sunburn Cannabis. Readers familiar with the area may …

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