By Carol Ann Alaimo | Arizona Daily Star A Tucson native is hoping to turn his hometown into a hot spot for cannabis cultivation by building a massive medical marijuana-growing complex on the city’s southeast side. Construction is underway on the first phase of Tucson Cannabis Campus, a project envisioned as an eventual 440,000-square-foot facility on 16 acres of industrial …

Phoenix City Council kills medical marijuana tax; a ‘victory against bad policy,’ says Rose Law Group land-use & regulatory attorney Thomas F. Galvin

Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents multiple medical-marijuana dispensaries in Phoenix and was hired to help kill the potential tax By Jessica Boehm | Arizona Republic The Phoenix City Council voted unanimously to kill a tax proposal that could have cost medical marijuana dispensaries millions of dollars each year. After backlash from the medical marijuana industry and transparency concerns voiced by council members, Mayor …

Phoenix looks to tax medical-marijuana industry $50 million per year to fund public safety; city singling out industry, says Evan Bolick, Rose Law Group Litigator

By Jessica Boehm | Arizona Republic Phoenix is considering a massive tax on the medical-marijuana industry that could generate $40-50 million per year for the police and fire departments. The tax, which would be charged to companies based on the size of each of their dispensary and cultivation sites, could cost some medical-marijuana distributors more than $1 million per year. It would be …

Phoenix Mayor proposes massive taxes on medical-marijuana dispensaries; Rose Law Group land-use & regulatory attorney Thomas F. Galvin calls the tax ‘arbitrary and capricious’

By Joseph Flaherty | Phoenix New Times The mayor of Phoenix is prepared to levy a significant new tax on medical marijuana businesses that could decimate the city’s dispensaries and raise costs for patients. In a letter to the Phoenix city manager on Thursday, Mayor Thelda Williams proposed an occupational licensing tax on medical-marijuana businesses in order to fund Phoenix’s …

Laura Bianchi, Rose Law Group partner, director Medical Cannabis Department, talks to Marijuana Business Daily about hot market

By Jeff Smith | Marijuana Business Daily Arizona’s medical marijuana market is one of the largest in the nation as well as one of the hottest, with costs to break into the market skyrocketing and investors scouring the state for potential opportunities. Prices have increased because investors see a market where: The amount of medical marijuana sold has more than doubled from …

Maine allows Medical Marijuana business owners to deduct business expenses; Laura Bianchi, partner and director of Rose Law Group Medical Cannabis Department, encouraged by implementation of reasonable legislation

By Mike Daze | Bloomberg Salt Talk Blog Maine made significant amendments to its medical marijuana law, including providing a deduction for medical marijuana-related business expenses otherwise prohibited by federal tax law, when the Maine Legislature voted July 9 to override Gov. Paul LePage’s (R) veto of L.D. 1539. This is the second time the Legislature has overridden LePage’s veto of …

Laura Bianchi, partner and director of Rose Law Group Medical Cannabis Department quoted in ‘Cannabis Business Times’ regarding Arizona ruling on hashish

By Eric Sandy | Cannabis Business Times Dozens of medical marijuana patients and their families congregated outside the Arizona State Capitol in downtown Phoenix July 3 to denounce a recent Arizona Court of Appeals ruling that the state’s medical marijuana law does not permit the use of cannabis extract products, like oil cartridges. The court refers to those products collectively as …

Will Trump try to close cannabis businesses? Laura Bianchi, director of Rose Law Group Medical Cannabis Department, talks to ‘Forbes’, urges those businesses to stay focused on local compliance

By Julie Weed | Forbes Entrepreneurs in 29 states who have been growing, testing and selling marijuana are now wondering: will President Trump’s Attorney General really divert resources from justice department priorities like stopping terrorism and dismantling gangs, to shut down neighborhood pot shops? These businesses have been operating under the Cole Memorandum which kept the Justice Department from prosecuting marijuana companies …

Laura Bianchi, Rose Law Group partner and director of Medical Cannabis Department, quoted in Arizona Republic advising on non-profits in the industry making millions

By Ryan Randazzo | The Republic Arizona’s surging medical marijuana industry includes a 40-acre greenhouse in Snowflake, stock traded on the Canadian market, an 800,000-square-foot factory turned indoor farm in west Phoenix, and home delivery for customers. Sales of medical marijuana here soared nearly 50 percent in 2017 with an estimated value of $387 million. A small army of attorneys and high-end Scottsdale …

Laura Bianchi, Rose Law Group Partner, Director of Medical Marijuana Dept., provides comment on Illinois student using medical marijuana at school

Illinois says it won’t stop sick girl from using medical marijuana at school By Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY Illinois on Friday said it won’t get in the way of an 11-year-old girl whose parents want her to be allowed to use medical marijuana at school to regulate seizures, despite state laws that prohibit the use of prescription cannabis on public school …