Arizona farmers can legally grow industrial hemp, but will they take the risk? Jordan Rose, founder and president of Rose Law Group, comments

By Carissa Wigginton | Cronkite News Gazing over the cotton fields on his 300-acre farm outside Casa Grande, Paul Ollerton weighed the risks and opportunities of a new crop that, come this summer, will be legal to grow for the first time in decades. Paco Ollerton just finished harvesting his 38th cotton crop on his farm outside Casa Grande. (Photo by …

Governor Ducey signs bill allowing industrial hemp; ‘historic day’ says Laura Bianchi, partner and director of Rose Law Group Medical Cannabis Department

(Editor’s note: News releases are published unedited, unless they contain factual errors.) PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today signed SB 1098, providing funding for the Arizona Department of Agriculture’s (AZDA) agricultural pilot program allowing universities and those with a license from AZDA to begin cultivating industrial hemp – the fiber form of cannabis. Specifically, the hemp would be required to remain below …

Arizona hemp industry ready to take off if governor Ducey signs bill; if signed, AZ will become 35th state to approve says Laura Bianchi, Rose Law Group Partner and Director of Medical Cannabis

By Ray Stern | Phoenix New Times Governor Doug Ducey, one of the state’s most aggressive cannabis-legalization opponents, may be ready to make Arizona one of the country’s leading producers of hemp. The state Legislature passed a far-reaching commercial hemp bill, SB 1098, over the last few weeks of the 2018 session and sent it to Ducey after adjournment on May …