Justin Brandt, Rose Law Group litigator, cited in azcentral report on state’s budding hemp and CDB industry

By Riley Murdock |Arizona Republic Phoenix resident Genevieve Hendricks is experimenting with CBD products to manage her chronic back pain. Hendricks has been a customer of Kaya Hemp Co. since it launched as an e-commerce site in January and went to its newly opened brick-and-mortar location at 6102 N. 16th Street on June 7. Hendricks said owner Cathleen Mitchell has helped her try different products in …

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 …

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 …

Rose Law Group Land Use Attorney Tom Galvin talks cannabis variances in Phoenix Business Journal

Arizona’s medical marijuana law allows cities to set dispensary and cultivation facility location restrictions By Corina Vanek | Phoenix Business Journal Nearly 10 years after Arizona voters legalized marijuana for medical use, dispensary owners and attorneys who work with the industry cite an unlikely hindrance in opening up shop: real estate. “Real estate is hands down the most cumbersome and …

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 …

Fired Wal-Mart worker wins case under Arizona Medical Marijuana Act; ‘an important decision’ says Laura Bianchi, Rose Law Group partner and director of Cannabis 

By David B. Weisenfeld | XpertHR A federal judge has ruled that a fired Walmart employee who had a state medical marijuana card has a valid discrimination claim under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA). The company had suspended the employee without pay and then terminated her after a post-accident drug screen came back positive. The AMMA provides that an employer cannot discriminate in hiring, termination …

Marijuana banking finally ranks a congressional hearing; Laura Bianchi, Rose Law Group partner and director of Cannabis Department, comments

By Meg Ellis | Pot Network Banking in the cannabis industry has been a contentious issue due to marijuana’s current classification as a federal Schedule I drug. A hearing in Congress may mark the beginning of a change in federal policy. Federal financial policies that is. On February 13, a subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services heard testimony on …

California bills could give marijuana companies a legal boost; ‘time is ripe,’ says Laura Bianchi, Rose Law Group partner and director of Cannabis Department

By Andrew Sheeler | The Sacramento Bee Unfriendly banks, high taxes and black-market competitors are some of the obstacles that licensed cannabis companies say hold them back as they try to cultivate a new industry in California. Some California lawmakers want to give them a hand, and they’re considering a set of bills that would in ways great and small …

How the largest marijuana retail space in the U.S. plans to revamp a district; “history in the making,” says Rose Law Group partner, Medical Cannabis department director, Laura Bianchi

By Amy Dobson | Forbes For a while it looked like the best thing to bring to a neighborhood was a new Whole Foods grocery store. One study showed that homes in these neighborhoods would appreciate at a much faster rate than if they were near a Trader Joe’s (and both were better than a Starbucks). Another sign a neighborhood is on the cusp of …