Author: Mitchell Mahaffey

ASIC using AI to manage scams

Reading Time: 2 minutes Biz Blocks by Michael Bacina, Partner Piper Alderman Lawyers | Sep 12/2020 ASIC has announced in the ASIC Corporate Plan 2020-24 (Focus 2020-21) that a new nation-wide ASIC working group has been set up to disrupt and deter scams such as cyber misconduct and crypto-related scams in the COVID-19 environment. […]

Easier access to medicinal cannabis and soaring sales in Germany, Key Insights by Adam Isaac Miller | Jun 28/2020

Reading Time: 2 minutes Regulations changes – This week the QLD government removed the state approval process required for patients to access medical cannabis. Now doctors will only require Federal approval from the TGA, this should lead to an increase in prescriptions across the State. On the other side of the world, the Swiss government wants […]

Louisiana lauds legislation establishing licensing regime for virtual currency businesses

Reading Time: 2 minutes Biz Blocks by Michael Bacina, Partner Piper Alderman Lawyers | Jun 26/2020 The Governor of Louisiana has recently signed and made effective the legislature HB701, the Virtual Currency Businesses Act, to regulate and license virtual currency businesses. Sponsored by state Rep. Mark Wright (R-77), HB701 sailed through the state House […]

Psychedelics for Mental Health and a Glimpse into the European Cannabis Market, Key Insights by Adam Isaac Miller | Jun 21/2020

Reading Time: 3 minutes The importance of standardization – Authorities across Europe have listed 114 products containing CBD in the European Union’s food-safety alert system since the start of last year, with data indicating that some countries are policing novel-food violations more frequently than others. This is an excellent example of the importance of harmonization […]

Canadian Medicinal Cannabis Exports and the Future of Psychedelics, Key Insights by Adam Isaac Miller | Jun 14/2020

Reading Time: 2 minutes Export of cannabis – Canadian businesses exported more dried medical cannabis than ever last year, but that growth is expected to be challenged when the country’s main export destination – Germany – initiates local production later this year. In 2019, federally regulated producers in Canada exported roughly 3,740 kilograms (8,245 pounds) […]

Security Token liquidity: Are we there yet? Are we there yet? When are we going to get there?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Biz Blocks by Michael Bacina, Partner Piper Alderman Lawyers | Jun 12/2020 For the last few years, the potential for security tokens to disrupt traditional financial markets has been a beacon of hope to blockchain enthusiasts and investors and a mantra chanted at many blockchain conferences. Of course, the prospect […]

THC Found to Treat Pain and More, Key Insights by Adam Isaac Miller | Jun 07/2020

Reading Time: 2 minutes Cannabis vaporization and pain – A study led by a team of Israeli scientists, published earlier recently in the European Journal of Pain, found precise doses of THC administered via inhaler were effective in reducing pain in neuropathy patients. The randomized placebo-controlled study divided 27 chronic pain patients into three groups: […]

Cannabis Farming Accounts For $2.3b In Cash Receipts and the Benefits of Cannabis on Memory Abilities, Key Insights by Adam Isaac Miller | May 31/2020

Reading Time: 3 minutes The wonders of psychedelic compounds – A beautiful excerpt from Franz X. Vollenweider, recent years have seen a burgeoning scientific interest in the neurobiology of altered states of consciousness induced by psychedelic drugs (e.g. such as psilocybin, LSD, and DMT), also driven by renewed and growing evidence of their beneficial clinical effects […]

MDMA a Therapeutic Life-Saver for US Veterans in Recent Trial, Key Insights by Adam Isaac Miller | May 24/2020

Reading Time: 2 minutes MDMA for PTSD – MDMA, the active ingredient in the party drug ecstasy, is being touted as a game-changing treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. It is being trialed in America—and for one army veteran the drug has been a life-saver – this is a truly marvelous video  EU is a cast cannabis landscape – The […]

Blockchain brings trust to commercial drones says US Department of Transportation

Reading Time: < 1 minute Biz Blocks by Michael Bacina, Partner Piper Alderman Lawyers | May 15/2020 The US Department of Transportation has issued a report on the benefits of blockchain in addressing the challenges of tracking, enforcement of flight violations, and managing interference vulnerabilities of drones, also known as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The […]

Important Updates From Cannabis in Germany and US Federal Legal Action – Adam Isaac Miller’s update | May 03/2020

Reading Time: 2 minutes Cannabis in Germany – A great article by my good friend Alfredo Pascual (Link) – Germany imported 1,032 kilograms (2,275 pounds) of medical cannabis flower for pharmacy dispensing through March 6, an amount that indicates little if any growth versus the average cannabis imported in 2019 over an equivalent amount of time. […]

The wonders of the cannabis Sativa plant and possible reclassification of CBD – Adam Isaac Miller’s update | Apr 26/2020

Reading Time: 2 minutes The marvel of the cannabis plant is endless – here is an excerpt I came across this week speaking about the cannabis Sativa plant. The plant is a wonder of nature, a factory for brain-altering chemicals unlike any the world has ever seen. But there is a tremendous amount of variance […]

Libra Association amends whitepaper: controversial changes or sensible simplification?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Biz Blocks by Michael Bacina, Partner Piper Alderman Lawyers | April 24/2020 Since its initial announcement in June 2019, the Libra Association has been hammered by international governments and regulators about concerns over the initial proposal and seen partners threatened if they did not leave the association. In a bid […]

Cannabis Corner, Key Insights by Adam Isaac Miller | Apr 13/2020

Reading Time: 2 minutes A note on psychedelics – Before they were banned about a half-century ago, psychedelic drugs like LSD and psilocybin showed promise for treating conditions including alcoholism and some psychiatric disorders. Researchers say it’s time for regulators, scientists, and the public to ‘revisit drugs that were once used but fell out of […]

Cannabis Corner

Cannabis Corner, Key Insights by Adam Isaac Miller | Feb 16/2020

Reading Time: 2 minutes Europe offers growth opportunities for the next wave of cannabis organisations. The UK, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands already have legal systems in place for medicinal cannabis and France and Spain are currently reviewing key legislative reform to align themselves with international practices. In addition to medicinal cannabis, several key […]