Podcast: Why Arizona will probably legalize recreational marijuana in 2020; would be ‘a boon to the industry,’ says Rose Law Group Partner and Cannabis Dept. Director, Laura Bianchi

By Taylor Seely | Arizona Republic First, Arizona legalized medical marijuana in 2010. Then came a failed attempt to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016. Now, those in the state’s marijuana industry are giddy at the thought of the future. Why? Political insiders don’t think Gov. Doug Ducey will fundraise or campaign against recreational marijuana legalization in 2020 like he did in 2016. Plus, he recently signed a bill …

Rose Law Group Partner and Cannabis Dept. Director Laura Bianchi says cannabis extracts case a big win for Arizona’s medical marijuana industry

By Tim Royan | Cronkite News Marijuana-laced massage oils, vaping products and brownies and other edibles likely will emerge as the future of the multimillion-dollar medical marijuana industry in Arizona, thanks to last month’s key court decision, industry representatives say. Concentrates, or extracts of the active ingredients in marijuana, such as THC and CBD, are now considered legal under an Arizona …

Arizona just made cannabis safer and savings for patients; ‘important step forward,’ says Laura Bianchi, Rose Law Group partner and director of Cannabis Department

By David Downs | Leafy Arizona’s medical cannabis program is about to become cheaper and cleaner, courtesy of a new bill passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Doug Ducey late Friday. Under the new rules, medical cannabis cards will be valid for two years instead of one. That will save patients the $150 application fee every other year. …

Laura Bianchi, Rose Law Group partner and director of Cannabis department, talks to Phoenix Business Journal about cannabis extract ruling

By Greg Barr | Phoenix Business Journal Medical marijuana patients in the state now can legally possess hashish after the Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled the extracted resin and oils from marijuana are the same as other parts of the plant. The Court’s 7-0 ruling clarifies the definition of marijuana in the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act that went into …

Marijuana concentrates okay for patients, Arizona Supreme Court rules; Rose Law Group Partner and Cannabis Dept. Director, Laura Bianchi, calls it ‘incredible victory’

By Ray Stern | Phoenix New Times The Arizona medical marijuana community and business industry can finally exhale: The state Supreme Court decided a crucial appeal on Tuesday by siding 7-0 with patients and state voters on marijuana resin extracts. Parties in the case of State of Arizona v. Rodney Christopher Jones received word just after 10 a.m. on Tuesday that Jones …

Equestrian Federation reins in CBD use; Laura Bianchi and Adam Trenk, Rose Law Group partners, comment

US Equestrian Tasked with protecting the welfare of equine athletes and ensuring the balance of competition, the US Equestrian Federation (USEF) Equine Drugs and Medications Program consistently monitors new products and product claims. From time to time, new products appear on the equine supplement market claiming to enhance a horse’s performance. Over the last several years, cannabinoids have gained increased …

Arizona AG: Medical marijuana industry should have access to banks; ‘essential,’ says Laura Bianchi, partner and director of Rose Law Group Cannabis Department

By Russ Wiles | Arizona Republic Marijuana-related businesses should have access to the banking system to boost tax collections and reduce crime, according to Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, with 37 other state and territorial attorneys general who are urging passage of federal legislation. The attorneys general sent a letter to congressional leaders on May 8, urging them to enact the SAFE Banking Act …

Laura Bianchi, partner and director of Rose Law Group Cannabis Department, talks with YourValley about newest Peoria Medical Marijuana Dispensary

By Philip Haldiman | YourValley.net A new medical marijuana dispensary — Peoria’s fifth — will be built near the northeast corner of 88th Avenue and Thunderbird Road. The city recently approved the proposal with no opposition, a reflection of the shifted perspective on medical marijuana being sold in local communities. Today 33 states have legalized medical marijuana and about 62 …

Bianchi: Medical marijuana is a regulated program benefiting patients

By Laura Bianchi | YourValley.net Peoria recently approved its fifth medical marijuana dispensary within city boundaries, a sign of the evolving perceptions surrounding the beneficial drug. When voters approved the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act in 2010, there was already support for the program, but there was also a significant fear of the unknown among community stakeholders, who looked at less …

Arizona Supreme Court justices appear to favor medical marijuana extracts; bolsters patients’ rights, says Laura Bianchi, partner and director of Rose Law Group Cannabis Department

By Elizabeth Whitman | Phoenix New Times Several Arizona Supreme Court justices appeared to favor medical-marijuana extracts during oral arguments on Tuesday in a case that could determine the future of medical marijuana in this state. The case, State of Arizona v. Rodney Christopher Jones, questions the scope of the 2010 Arizona Medical Marijuana Act and the issue of whether it …