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New Mexico – What to Know

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.
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Licenses Needed to Start a Dispensary

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.
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Becoming a Licensed Producer of Recreational Cannabis

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.
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Breakdown of Medical vs. Recreational Cannabis

Breakdown of Medical vs. Recreational Cannabis

Laws are constantly shifting and changing across the United States, so it can be quite a challenge to keep track of how many states have medical marijuana.
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Cultivating Comfort Levels in an Industry Characterized by Constant Change

Cultivating Comfort Levels in an Industry Characterized by Constant Change

“There is no such thing as business as usual in cannabis.” - Laura Bianchi Being adaptable to change is an...
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Where Can Cannabis Be Purchased?

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.
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Why is Cannabis Illegal in Some Places?

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 Quite simply, Prohibition was not just limited to alcohol—In fact, Prohibition was finally repealed in 1933, when the 21st Amendment was ratified.
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Resources Needed for Survival & Recovery of Small Businesses

Resources Needed for Survival & Recovery of Small Businesses

As many small businesses struggle to recover following the pandemic, state and federal programs continue to provide resources needed for survival. Read to learn more about what’s available.
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Protecting Cannabis Patients During a Pandemic

Protecting Cannabis Patients During a Pandemic

Cannabis, Covid & Precautions: One Year Later It’s been over one year since the governor of Arizona issued a statewide...
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New Year, New Plan: Why Estate Planning Is Important For Cannabis Operators

New Year, New Plan: Why Estate Planning Is Important For Cannabis Operators

Business Succession Planning: Cannabis Edition Business succession planning is an essential part of ensuring that your business is not only...
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It Begins: Marijuana Arrests Expunged

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.
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Interview With Cannabiz’s Laura Bianchi

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.
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How to Minimize Risk & Maximize Success

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.
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Bianchi & Brandt: Philanthropy & Why It’s Important

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. 
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Legislation Updates: Federal Marijuana News

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.
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Bianchi & Brandt’s Clark Wu

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.
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The Votes Are In. Now, What’s to Come in the Cannabis Industry?

The Votes Are In. Now, What’s to Come in the Cannabis Industry?

What’s to Come Following Cannabis Vote Results As of Election Day, voter initiative Prop 207 passed with 60% of the...
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What’s on the Ballot

What’s on the Ballot

The Latest News on Marijuana Legalization There are five states voting on marijuana ballot measures this November. If these 2020...
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Arizona Marijuana Legalization Bill

Arizona Marijuana Legalization Bill

Arizona: Should Marijuana Be Legalized for Recreational Use? Many Arizonans are wondering, should marijuana be legalized for recreational use? While...
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Protecting Cannabis Patients During A Pandemic – Part 2

Protecting Cannabis Patients During A Pandemic – Part 2

The main goal of a medical cannabis cultivator or processor is to ensure safe and quality medicine for patients, especially when dealing with COVID-19.
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