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BioTrackTHC CEO expects Sessions’ move won’t hurt medical marijuana

There is a lot of, errr, buzz, about U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinding the Obama administration’s Cole memorandum, which gave some assurances that the feds wouldn’t be doing a lot of raids in states that have legalized cannabis consumption. It basically gave local U.S. attorneys discretion on whether to prosecute—in essence making it a lower priority.

One of the industry leaders in the cannabis industry nationally is BioTrackTHC of Fort Lauderdale, which is an industry leader in providing software that tracks cannabis from seed-to-sale.

In a column on CannabisBusinessExecutive.com, CEO Patrick Vo says his company took great pains to ensure it complied with the Cole memorandum, which he thinks set a clear bar for the industry. Now, that’s not the case.

“There will still be many U.S. Attorneys who remain supportive, or at least sympathetic to the cannabis industry, so we will not likely see a nationwide increase in enforcement, but rather, a gradual uptick in enforcement here and there by individual U.S. Attorneys taking a more aggressive stance,” he writes.

Vo doesn’t expect to see a “hammer of justice” sweep the country and thinks medical marijuana is safe for now. “Keep in mind that Congress chose to extend the defunding of the Justice Department last year with respect to acting against medical cannabis industries,” he writes.

That would mean little would change in Florida, which only has medical marijuana and not recreational marijuana.

 

 

 

 

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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

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