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30 most powerful women in Arizona cannabis

On a busy Wednesday evening at a photo studio at the Cattle Track Arts Compound in Scottsdale, 30 professional women celebrated their accomplishments in an industry that takes grit to survive in — the cannabis sector.

How To Open A Dispensary In Arizona

Between medical marijuana legalization in 2010 and adult recreational use launching in January 2021, only 143 Arizona dispensary licenses have been issued by ADHS statewide.

Becoming A Licensed Producer Of Recreational Cannabis

With an abundance of consumer demand and money to be made, many people are trying to break into the recreational cannabis business. However, becoming a licensed producer of recreational cannabis is complicated and expensive, especially for multistate operators.

New Mexico – What To Know

June 29 was a big day in New Mexico! Cannabis legalization is here, making New Mexico the 17th state to legalize recreational cannabis. Under the Cannabis Regulation Act signed by Governor Grisham in April, the possession and growth of adult-use cannabis will no longer be illegal in New Mexico.

Licenses Needed To Start A Dispensary

In the cannabis industry, licensing requirements and fees depend on the business category—cultivation/grow, retail distribution, cannabis processors such as extractors, manufacturers of edibles, among others.

Where Can Cannabis Be Purchased?

In Arizona and many other states, the question “where can I buy marijuana?” has been answered through legalized sales and use of cannabis flower and other products.

Why Is Cannabis Illegal In Some Places?

Why is cannabis illegal? Why is cannabis still illegal in some states and legal in others? Quite simply, Prohibition was not just limited to alcohol—In fact, Prohibition was finally repealed in 1933, when the 21st Amendment was ratified.

It Begins: Marijuana Arrests Expunged

On New Year’s Eve, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker issued 9,219 pardons for low-level marijuana convictions. Fortunately, marijuana expungement is accelerating across the country, and Illinois is only the beginning.

How To Minimize Risk & Maximize Success

Whether a seasoned cannabis entrepreneur or new entry into the industry, set the focus of marijuana and money aside and determine best practices for minimizing industry risk and maximizing success in the long run.

Interview With Cannabiz’s Laura Bianchi

Amid the recent arrival of two FDA-approved coronavirus vaccinations and ongoing conversation surrounding cannabis as an alternative to conventional medicine, Laura Bianchi spoke with WeedWeek about her cannabis clients’ position on vaccinations.

Bianchi & Brandt: Philanthropy & Why It’s Important

Laura Bianchi and Justin Brandt’s community representation goes far beyond their office walls. Not only do they work as bold advocates within the realm of law, but their involvement extends so much wider through their philanthropic efforts.

Legislation Updates: Federal Marijuana News

On Friday, December 4, 2020, the House of Representatives passed the historic Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act. This bill removes cannabis from the U.S. Controlled Substances Act and decriminalizes marijuana at the federal level.

Bianchi & Brandt’s Clark Wu

Had it not been for a (failed) attempt at computer science, Clark may have never discovered his passion and landed in the spot he’s in today. Now, he’s becoming the role model he’s always hoped to be for his sister while developing his expertise as an attorney at Bianchi & Brandt.

Arizona Marijuana Legalization Bill

Many Arizonans are wondering, should marijuana be legalized for recreational use? While others are wondering, when is marijuana going to be legal? Over the past two decades, as laws have gradually begun to change, old stereotypes and beliefs about cannabis have shifted more rapidly.

What’s On The Ballot

There are five states voting on marijuana ballot measures this November. If these 2020 ballot measures pass, it would bring the total of U.S. states with some form of legal cannabis to an overwhelming majority.