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Arizona AG: Medical marijuana industry should have access to banks; ‘essential,’ says Laura Bianchi, partner and director of Rose Law Group Cannabis Department

Posted by   /  May 9, 2019  /  Cannabis and Hemp  /  No Comments

Twitter 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 […]

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

Posted by   /  March 6, 2019  /  Cannabis and Hemp  /  No Comments

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 […]

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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 

Posted by   /  February 19, 2019  /  Cannabis and Hemp  /  No Comments

  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 […]

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Bipartisan coalition aims to decriminalize marijuana possession

Posted by   /  October 22, 2018  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

  By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror State lawmakers are planning a bipartisan push to loosen Arizona’s marijuana possession laws, which are considered by many as among the harshest in the United States. Possession of any amount of marijuana under two pounds is a class 6 felony, making Arizona the only state where possession of […]

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Landlords, associations take aim at marijuana; ‘Get it in writing,’ says Rose Law Group Partner and Director of Medical Cannabis Laura Bianchi

Posted by   /  April 23, 2018  /  Cannabis and Hemp, Real Estate  /  No Comments

RealtorMag Despite the movement to legalize marijuana for both medicinal and recreational purposes in many states, homeowners associations and landlords are showing a preference for banning the substance—which remains illegal on the federal level—in their properties. Condo and co-op associations, as well as individual landlords, have been cracking down on residents who use or grow […]

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Laura Bianchi, Rose Law Group partner and director of Medical Cannabis talks to ‘Forbes’ says partnerships can benefit Cannabis businesses

Posted by   /  April 6, 2018  /  Cannabis and Hemp  /  No Comments

By Julie Weed | Forbes As a hedge fund manager in New York, Tim Rotolo was used to looking for undervalued assets and inefficient capital structures. In the nascent legal cannabis industry, he thinks he’s found both. In early 2017, Rotolo teamed up with Antony Radbod, and David Kivitz to create an investment and holding […]

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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

Posted by   /  March 23, 2018  /  Cannabis and Hemp  /  No Comments

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 […]

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Laura Bianchi, Rose Law Group partner and director of Medical Marijuana Department quoted in Yahoo Finance provides guidance following Sessions’ action 

Posted by   /  January 12, 2018  /  Cannabis and Hemp  /  No Comments

By Jennifer Kaplan/Bloomberg | Yahoo Finance Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding an Obama-era policy that helped states legalize recreational marijuana, throwing a wet blanket on the fledgling industry during what should have been a celebratory week. The Justice Department will reverse the so-called Cole and Ogden memos that set out guardrails for federal prosecution of […]

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Laura Bianchi, Rose Law Group partner, director of Medical Marijuana Department quoted in Minnesota Lawyer discussing reversal of Cole and Ogden memos

Posted by   /  January 11, 2018  /  Cannabis and Hemp  /  No Comments

By Zac Farber |  Minnesota Lawyer Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding an Obama-era policy that helped states legalize recreational marijuana, throwing a wet blanket on the fledgling industry during what should have been a celebratory week. The Justice Department will reverse the so-called Cole and Ogden memos that set out guardrails for federal prosecution of cannabis and allowed […]

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Sessions takes aim on marijuana enforcement; Laura Bianchi, Rose Law Group partner, director of Medical Marijuana Dept. comments

Posted by   /  January 8, 2018  /  Cannabis and Hemp  /  No Comments

By Dwayne Harmon | Newburgh Gazette Medical and recreational marijuana use is still illegal nationally under the Controlled Substances Act and marijuana is listed under the Schedule 1 list of drugs, along with heroin and LSD. Oregon Governor Kate Brown said Oregon will continue to move forward with pot sales. “I advise clients continue to […]

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