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 …

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 …

10 days until Laura Bianchi, Rose Law Group partner and director of Cannabis, Dances with the Stars for National Kidney Foundation of Arizona

10 Days to Go Until Dancing with the Stars Arizona! There are less than two weeks to go until Rose Law Group Partner and Cannabis Department Director Laura Bianchi takes the floor at Dancing with the Stars Arizona to raise funds for the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona. This much-anticipated annual social event, taking place on the evening of February …

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 …

Laura Bianchi, Rose Law Group partner and director of Cannabis Department, training for debut at Dancing with the Stars Arizona

Laura Bianchi, Rose Law Group partner and director of Cannabis Department, has been training for months for her Celebrity Star Dancer debut at Dancing with the Stars Arizona, benefiting the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona. As you can see in her latest training video, Laura’s putting the work in, but she needs your help to take home the prize and …

How to navigate the brave new CBD market

Hemp is now legal, but many questions and concerns about hemp products — particularly hemp-derived CBD — still remain. By Laura Bianchi, Rose Law Group partner and director of Cannabis Department Disclaimer: This column is written for educational purposes only. It does not provide specific legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship. This column should not be used …

Arizona Supreme Court agrees to review legality of medical-marijuana extracts; ‘hopeful’ sign, says Laura Bianchi, Rose Law Group partner and director of Cannabis Department

By Ray Stern | Phoenix New Times The Arizona Supreme Court will review the legality of medical-marijuana concentrates in the state, the court decided on Tuesday, giving a boost of hope to patients and industry advocates. “It’s definitely good news,” said Jared Keenan, a criminal justice staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union. “We’re hoping they overturn the opinion of …