May 25, 2016
The private cultivation and sale of marijuana has become legal under state and local law in Washington and Oregon but remains illegal under federal law. Most conventional banks and financial institutions are consequently unwilling to offer their services to businesses engaged in the cultivation, distribution and retail sale of marijuana and related products in Washington and Oregon.
We often get calls asking where marijuana related businesses can establish financial accounts and obtain traditional bank services … Read more
May 24, 2016
No one should gratuitously insult anyone else. However, if each of us arbitrarily decide to create new meanings for any word, contrary to an accepted meaning, or to create new words unknown to everyone around us, and government then punishes anyone who does not use our subjectively created devised vocabulary as we’ve chosen to define it, the language will ultimately descend into a subjectively chaotic babble. The purpose of language is to communicate, not to … Read more
May 16, 2016
If there is any fear that eclipses our fear of death, I would venture to say that for many of us it is the fear of being incapacitated. I refer to that point where one is no longer able to make competent decisions on his or her own behalf or communicate one’s personal choices, needs or desires to those around him. All of us appreciate the inevitably of death and those who are prudent … Read more
May 10, 2016
In Graziadio v. Culinary Inst. of America, 216 U.S. App. LEXIS 4861 (2nd Cir. 2016) the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that individuals can be held personally liable for violations of the federal Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). The court specifically held that the defendant’s Human Resources Director could be adjudged personally liable for the employer’s alleged violations of the FMLA because the HR Director was also arguably an “employer” … Read more
May 9, 2016
Idaho law makes dog racing under any circumstances a felony even if there’s no betting on the races and only dachshunds, aka “wiener dogs”, will race the 30 to 40 foot race course. Law enforcement authorities, light hearted embodiments of reason and sound judgment that they are, seriously threatened arrests for such a race. Thus the dachshund race at Boise’s “Arena-Weina Extravaganza” was canceled as noted at Lowering the Bar and at Overlawyered.
Of … Read more