Canadian governments raked in $186 million in taxes on cannabis trade in first five months of legalization
- Canadian federal and provincial governments raked in $186 million in tax revenue from the sale of cannabis in the first five and a half months following legalization, according to new Statistics Canada data — the first of its kind.
- Between last October and the end of March this year, provinces came away with excise tax revenue totalling $79.1 million, while the federal government earned $18.8 million.
- Federal GST in that same time period came to $35.5 million, while provincial tax earnings from the sale of cannabis was $52.7 million.
- Early data showed revenue from excise taxes increasing on a quarterly basis — excise taxes increased 12.4 per cent in the first quarter of 2019 from the fourth quarter of 2018 due to stronger sales by licensed producers to retail distributors, according to Stats Can. The agency predicts that excise taxes will continue to rise in the second half of the year, as more cannabis stores start opening across the country.
Australia's top court rules sperm donor is 11-year-old's legal parent
- According to the High Court decision, the judge accepted that the 49-year-old Australian man had donated sperm to the girl's biological mother in 2006 with the intention of raising the child together.
- An Australian legal expert said that while the ruling shouldn't be reason to "panic" for future parents considering using a sperm or egg donor, it highlighted the need to be cautious.
- However, after the child's conception, the biological parents had a disagreement, and the girl lived apart from Masson, with Parsons and her partner.
- Eventually, the judge deemed Masson's relationship with the child as an "extremely close and secure" attachment, and believed that his role in the girl's life surpassed that of a sperm donor.
- Legal expert Seery said that while the ruling could appear to have far-reaching consequences for parents with children by anonymous sperm donors, the High Court decision was in many ways a special case.
Trump's love affair with the Supreme Court could soon come to an ugly end over Congress's investigations
- WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump's fondness for the US Supreme Court could be tested by a series of legal disputes targeting him personally — from his taxes and businesses to his 2016 election campaign — that ultimately may be decided by the justices.
- Trump has viewed the court, whose 5-4 conservative majority includes two justices he appointed, as friendly territory, unlike certain lower courts and individual judges he has publicly criticized after ending up on the wrong side of rulings.
- The conservative justices "won't feel any loyalty to Trump, but will instead support strong separation of powers" as delineated in the US Constitution assigning specific roles to the government's executive, legislative and judicial branches, said conservative legal scholar J.W. Verret, an expert in corporate and securities law at George Mason University in Virginia.
Only 14 states allow unpermitted lemonade stands. Country Time wants the others to do the same
- Country Time Legal-Ade is known for helping children across the country pay for permit fees and fines on their lemonade stands.
- According to a statement, it now wants to provide parents and their kids with the tools to change the laws in their states through its website.
- Some resources include a map showing where unpermitted lemonade stands are legal, how to contact state representatives to lobby for the laws to be appealed, and downloadable Legal-Ade support yard signs.
- That's why Legal-Ade says it will still help kids who get fined for running illegal lemonade stands this summer.
- The company encourages parents to apply for a reimbursement and include an image of the child's permit or fine along with a description of what the lemonade stand means to their child.
Should tech companies build tools for US immigration enforcement agencies?
- Erika Andiola and Jonathan Ryan of the immigrant rights nonprofit RAICES will discuss this question and more at Code Conference on Tuesday.
- In light of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, two former Facebook employees set up a campaign that raised more than $20 million to help RAICES provide legal aid and services to families separated at the border.
- Recode’s cofounder and editor at large Kara Swisher and Vox’s founder and editor-at-large Ezra Klein will interview the organization’s chief advocacy officer, Erika Andiola, and its CEO, Jonathan Ryan at Code Conference on Tuesday.
- To learn more about the relationship between immigration and tech, listen to Kara Swisher’s Recode Decode podcast with the organizers of the record-setting crowdfunding campaign for RAICES, read our coverage of Salesforce’s controversial role providing technology to Customs and Border Protection, and check out our comprehensive look at the “smart wall” of drone technology at the US border.
Hope Hicks is the Forrest Gump of the Trump White House
- Yet faced with a request for Trump's tax returns, the IRS refused to comply, hiding behind a recently-released Justice Department memo that defies common sense and the plain language of the law to conclude that Congress must demonstrate a "legitimate legislative purpose" for its request.
- And even if there were, the House did articulate a legislative purpose in the request for Trump's returns -- to study potential changes to laws regarding routine IRS tax audits of presidents and vice presidents.
- Most recently, the administration invoked executive privilege to deny a congressional subpoena for information relating to the decision to include the citizenship question on the 2020 census.
White House explored legality of demoting Fed chair Jerome Powell
- The White House explored the legality of demoting Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell in February, soon after President Donald Trump talked about firing him, according to people familiar with the matter.
- The White House counsel’s office weighed the legal implications of stripping Powell of his chairmanship and leaving him as a Fed governor, the people said, in what would be an unprecedented move.
- The Federal Reserve Act provides explicit protection for all Fed governors against removal by the president except “for cause.” Courts have interpreted the phrase to require proof of some form of legal misconduct or neglect of basic duties.
- The White House legal team developed its analysis after Trump in December privately discussed firing Powell following an interest rate increase that roiled global financial markets.
- Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York said the administration’s analysis of demoting Powell points to “chaos” in the White House.
Family fight over farm puts question of ‘undue influence’ under the microscope
- Many of the facts suggested that a ‘special relationship’ existed: the husband had a Grade 8 education, terminal cancer, was on pain medication, had to be driven by the wife to and from appointments, and had not received legal advice about transferring the land into joint names.
- He also found that, if he was wrong and there was a presumption of undue influence even though there had been no legal advice, there was no actual undue influence exercised by the wife over the husband when he transferred the farmland into their joint names.
- In this case, had legal advice been given, the lawyer’s file would have been produced at trial and the lawyer would have been a witness, whose evidence would doubtless have been that the husband was advised and understood the effect of the transfer into joint names.
Leaving for a competitor? Onboarding new employees? Avoid accusations of trade secret theft
- When a company hires talent away from a competitor, onboarding the new employee can pose significant legal risks for both the company and the new employee.
- While this is no doubt positive, unfettered employment mobility also creates unique challenges when it comes to protecting a company’s trade secrets, which are the lifeblood of many Silicon Valley companies.
- Because of California’s policies regarding free employment mobility, unlike in most other states, California companies cannot protect their trade secrets with non-compete contracts.
- And, of course, when trade secret theft occurs, it is often when an employee transitions from one company to another.
- This article explains how this situation arises and provides some practical considerations for how the employee transitioning jobs, and the onboarding company, can avoid an unnecessary legal fight.
In the land of ganja and Bob Marley, cannabis capitalism is an uneasy fit
- Since Jamaica legalized cannabis for medicinal cultivation and sale four years ago, a slew of Canadian pot companies have flooded the tiny island nation, lured by an ideal climate, cheap labour, a friendly business environment and, most of all, Jamaica’s reputation — in history and pop culture — of growing the best strains of weed in the world.
- To enter the legal industry, farmers — many of whom have been in the ganja cultivation business for generations — are left with little choice but to partner up with cash-rich foreigners or wealthy locals, or be relegated to the sidelines of Jamaica’s fast-growing medical marijuana sector.
- In 2016, however, when the Jamaican Labour Party was elected, the development of the legal cannabis industry slowed dramatically, according to Golding, as the new government worked to interpret the legislation and how it would fit into Jamaica’s international treaty obligations.