The crypto news today show that lawmakers in the US state of California have recently introduced a new bill that will allow all the cannabis-related businesses to pay fees and taxes in stablecoins. The bill was first announced on February 21st by the California State Assembly.
Thanks to the Assembly Bill 953, the city, state and county tax offices in California will accept stablecoins – which are basically altcoins pegged to a physical asset or a fiat currency – exclusively designed for cannabis-related businesses that seek to pay their excuse or cultivation taxes.
The bill will take effect from January 1st, 2020. As an excerpt from it reads:
“The bill would authorize that city or county in determining that method to either accept stablecoins directly into a digital wallet controlled by that jurisdiction or to utilize a third-party digital asset payment processor that allows for the immediate conversion of any payments made by stablecoins into United States dollars and deposit into an account of that jurisdiction.”
Meanwhile, cannabis is legalized in several states in the US, but the cannabis-related businesses have difficulties in securing simple financial services from banks, where the vast majority are secured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and are prohibited from offering their services in an industry that is still seen as illegal under federal law.
The good thing is that cannabis dispensaries can hold a lot of dollars in cash at any given time, and this bill seeks to streamline the cash operations and process the money in a new way.
“Duffel bags and sometimes suitcases of cash would arrive quarterly at some of our designated offices and some business owners had to drive 350 miles to pay their taxes,” said Fiona Ma, who is the California State Treasurer.
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‘’By providing a cash-free method of cannabis tax collections, AB 953 can reduce costs and safety risks for cities and businesses. The Green Rush is a 21st-century industry; it deserves 21st-century legislation. Tax collections leveraging stablecoin technology will help bring this new industry into the light.’’According to the US Federal Statutes, cannabis is still illegal despite the many attempts to make it legal for recreational use in states like California. The business is still cash-based and there is almost zero banking support. The federal banks in the United States have been known to close down the accounts of many marijuana investors. The nature of the industry that is cash-based causes serious problems when considering the sales and city tax payments. The state tax officials tend to spend some more money and their time to accept payments in large fiat deposits. For the co-founder of cred, Dan Schatt, cryptocurrencies can provide solutions for these problems:
‘’Not only does crypto result in significant cost reduction for consumers and merchants, but it also enables highly productive tax collection, transparency, and predictability for city and state governments.’’Cannabis is still a very taboo subject and so are the cryptocurrency payments and systems but it still seems like crypto is the perfect transactional tool for the industry. Berkeley’s Blockchain department’s Liam DiGregoria commented on the efforts that Bartlett made in leading the way for marijuana to become normalized among the elected officials and as he noted for the latest cryptocurrency news reports:
‘’There’s a negative public perception that people in higher levels of office shouldn’t use (cannabis), let alone buy it.’’
OKEx Korea Delisted Monero, Dash, And Other Privacy-Cryptos Over FATF Demands
“Support for trading of 5 different cryptocurrencies, XMR, DASH, ZEC, ZEN, SBTC, will be terminated.”As the news site reported, the sweeping changes to crypto transaction rules currently demand businesses to identify the two parties which are sending funds to each other - if a transaction exceeds the limit of $1,000.
"According to the statement corresponding to FATF R.16, OKEx Korea has restricted its implementation as the ' travel rule' recommends that exchanges be able to collect relevant information such as the name and address of the sender and recipient of the virtual asset. privacy-oriented cryptocurrency, aka that ' the dark Coin "has decided to take the deal end-of-support measures of the corresponding event," the blog post showing that OKEx delisted the five altcoins shows.This comes in period when more than 200 countries are forced to theoretically implement the rules by June 2020. Still, the altcoin news show that there are concerns that doing so is physically impossible for a lot of decentralized blockchains. Now that OKEx Korea delisted the five cryptocurrencies, all of them make it possible to identify the sender and recipient of a transaction by design. An OKEx representative was also featured on many best cryptocurrency news sites a while ago, telling that the coins will only be delisted on OKEx Korea (OKEx.com.kr) but will remain listed on the global OKEx platform. The value of these coins, as the coming altcoin news show, has remained unchanged.
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“We would hypothetically have restrictions about what they can sell and how often, and usually those are based upon volume in the market,” Garlinghouse noted.He also talked about the price at which XRP is sold, being featured in the coming altcoin news for his unique response to the interviewer's question:
CNN asked "So you might give them it slightly cheaper but you say to them, ‘hey, you’re not allowed to sell it for six months, let’s say, or a year’,” on which the CEO of ripple replied “Correct, that’s basically correct,” even though the rest of his statement was cut off.Also, the CNN interviewer asked Garlinghouse about the proportion of ownership that Ripple has currently, as well as its amount of power and ability to control the price. The CEO replied that Ripple is still the largest owner in the XRP community and that they would never dump XRP which would go "against their best interest." Garlinghouse also said that the team has "taken steps to lock up most of the XRP we own in escrow, so that we can’t touch it.” https://twitter.com/jchatterleyCNN/status/1172151590763016193 What's also interesting is the fact that in August, the CEO of Ripple has confirmed that Ripple hasn't increased - but instead decreased its sales by volume Q/Q and since then, the inflation rate of XRP and the circulating supply has been lower than the one of BTC and ETH. In value, sales for Ripple increased by 48% which is probably another reason why Ripple is selling XRP with a discounts - to trigger further growth. In either case, the company confirmed that it "plans to take a more conservative approach to XRP sales" in Q3 this year. The interview was featured on many best cryptocurrency news sites.
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“Just from a business perspective, we don’t look like an Internet company today. An Internet company can launch something and it’s available around the world. Whereas with payments, you have to go to each market and pay attention to regulators. You need a partnership with a local bank. This is a very slow process in any new market.”The new announcement about stock trading features on the Square Cash App has been well received by the crypto community.
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