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 …

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 …

Trump Administration wants more input on marijuana rescheduling; ‘could have major impact’ says Laura Bianchi, Rose Law Group partner and director of Cannabis Department

By Tom Angell | Forbes The Trump administration is asking the public to submit comments to help inform the U.S.’s position on the potential global reclassification of marijuana. Last month, the World Health Organization (WHO) formally recommended that cannabis and its derivatives be rescheduled under international drug treaties. Now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants “interested persons to submit comments on …

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 …