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Commitments And Contingencies

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Commitments And Contingencies
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2019
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies

NOTE 10 — COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

 

Employment contracts

 

 On February 3, 2020, we entered into an executive employment agreement with Jesus Quintero, our CEO and CFO providing for gross salary of $15,000 monthly, consisting of $12,000 in cash and $3,000 worth of our common stock valued on the closing price of our common stock on the last trading day of each month.

 

On February 28, 2020, the Company entered into executive contracts with its directors Edward Manolos and Themistocles Psomiadis . The agreements are for a term lasting from the effective date until the earlier of the date of the next annual or special stockholders meeting called for the purposes of electing directors, and the earliest of the following to occur: (a) the death of the Director; (b) the termination of the Director from his membership on the Board by the mutual agreement of the Company and the Director; (c) the removal of the Director from the Board by the majority stockholders of the Company; and (d) the resignation by the Director from the Board. Mr. Psomiadis and Mr. Manolos’s 2020 contracts provide for payments of $5,000 quarterly.

 

Operating lease

 

On July 1, 2019, the Company entered into a lease extension agreement, whereby the Company leased for office space in Escondido, California, commencing June 30, 2020 and expiring on June 30, 2021 at a base monthly lease rate of $1,308.88 per month through June 30, 2020, and $1,348.14 to June 30, 2021. 

 

To evaluate the impact on adoption of ASC842 – Leases, on the accounting treatment for leasing of real office property referred to as the “Premises”. The premises is located in Escondido, CA.

Definition & Technical Guidance:

Asset Leases

A lease is an arrangement where the lessor agrees to allow the lessee to use an asset for a stated period of time in exchange for one or more payments. A central concept of the accounting for leases is that the lessee should recognize the assets and liabilities that underlie each leasing arrangement. This concept results in the following recognition in the balance sheet of the lessee as of the lease commencement date:

• Recognize a liability to make lease payments to the lessor

• Recognize a right-of-use asset that represents the right of the lessee to use the leased asset during the lease term

As of the commencement date of a lease, the lessee measures the liability and the right-of-use asset associated with the lease. These measurements are derived as follows:

• Lease liability. The present value of the lease payments discounted at the discount rate for the lease. This rate is the rate implicit in the lease when that rate is readily determinable. If not, the lessee instead uses its incremental borrowing rate.

• Right-of-use asset. The initial amount of the lease liability, plus any lease payments made to the lessor before the lease commencement date, plus any initial direct costs incurred, minus any lease incentives received.

As far as subsequent measurement for operating leases:

Measurement of lease liabilities is at the present value of the remaining lease payments using the discount rate determined at lease commencement, as long as the discount rate hasn’t been updated as a result of a reassessment event (refer to the relevant sections of ASC 842 for reassessment of the discount rate).

Measurement of right-of-use assets is at the amount of the remeasured lease liability (i.e., the present value of the remaining lease payments), adjusted for the remaining balance of any lease incentives received, any cumulative prepaid or accrued rent if the lease payments are uneven throughout the lease term and any unamortized initial direct costs. If the right-of-use asset becomes impaired refer to the relevant sections of ASC 842.

Discount Rate - The discount rate should be determined in accordance with ASC Topic 842 (see Discount Rate, page 28). The initial ROU asset for operating leases should equal the lease liability, adjusted for any prepaid or accrued rent, lease incentives, impairments (if applicable), or unamortized initial direct costs that would have qualified for capitalization under ASC Topic 842. The difference between the initial lease liability and ROU asset recognized should be adjusted against opening equity along with any write-offs of previously reported assets and liabilities—for example, unamortized initial direct costs that don’t qualify for capitalization under the new leasing standards.

Initial Direct Costs (IDCs) - If an entity has any unamortized IDCs that do not meet the narrowed definition of an IDC under ASC Topic 842, those costs should be written off as adjustments to equity if incurred before the beginning of the earliest period presented in the financial statements. If the IDCs were incurred on or after the beginning of the earliest period presented, the costs should be written off through earnings in the period incurred. An entity would not be required to assess IDCs upon adoption if certain practical expedients are adopted (see Appendix, Accounting Policy Elections Upon Adoption of ASC Topic 842, page 48).

Practical expedient selection:

Although the default model in ASC 842 requires separation of lease and nonlease components, certain practical expedients may be available to entities. Entities electing the practical expedient(s) would not separate lease and nonlease components. Rather, they would account for each lease component and the related nonlease component(s) together as a single component. The Company elects to be a practical expedient.

Transition adoption:

ASC 842 is effective for public business entities for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2018 and for other entities for annual periods after December 15, 2019. The Company will adopt this new standard on January 1, 2020 using the modified retrospective transition method and will use the effective date as the date of initial application. Consequently, financial information will not be updated and the disclosures required under the new standard will not be provided for dates and periods before January 1, 2020.

Future minimum lease payments under these three agreements are as follows: 

Year Ending December 31, 2019

 

Marijuana Company of America        
Lease Schedule for ASC 842        
12/31/19        
  Escondido   Total  
2020       15,942                           -                 15,942  
2021         8,089                           -                    8,089  
2022                             -                      -     
2023                       -     
2024        
2025 & thereafter                        -     
Total future undiscounted lease payments              24,031                           -                 24,031  
Less: Interest       (1,812)                           -                  (1,812)  
Present value of lease liabilities      22,219                           -                 22,219  
         
Maturity of Lease Liabilities at December 31, 2019  
2020 $           15,942    
2021              8,089    
                                             2021 and thereafter                   -       
                    -       
Total future undiscounted lease payments             24,031    
Less: Interest             (1,812)    
Present value of lease liabilities $           22,219    
         

 

Litigation

 

The Company is subject at times to other legal proceedings and claims, which arise in the ordinary course of its business.  Although occasional adverse decisions or settlements may occur, the Company believes that the final disposition of such matters should not have a material adverse effect on its financial position, results of operations or liquidity.

 

Bougainville Ventures


On September 20, 2018, the Company filed suit against Bougainville Ventures, Inc., BV-MCOA Management, LLC, Andy Jagpal, Richard Cindric, et al. in Okanogan County Washington Superior Court, case number 18-2- 0045324.

Background. On March 16, 2017, we entered into a joint venture agreement with Bougainville Ventures, Inc., a Canadian corporation. The purpose of the joint venture was for the Company and Bougainville to jointly engage in the development and promotion of products in the legalized cannabis industry in Washington State; (ii) utilize Bougainville’s high quality cannabis grow operations in the State of Washington, where it claimed to have an ownership interest in real property for use within the legalized cannabis industry; (iii) leverage Bougainville’s agreement with a I502 Tier 3 license holder to grow cannabis on the site; provide technical and management services and resources including, but not limited to: sales and marketing, agricultural procedures, operations security and monitoring, processing and delivery, branding, capital resources and financial management; and, (iv) optimize collaborative business opportunities. The Company and Bougainville agreed to operate through a Washington State Limited Liability Company, and BV-MCOA Management, LLC was organized in the State of Washington on May 16, 2017.

As our contribution to the joint venture, the Company committed to raise not less than $1 million dollars to fund joint venture operations based upon a funding schedule. The Company also committed to providing branding and systems for the representation of cannabis related products and derivatives comprised of management, marketing and various proprietary methodologies directly tailored to the cannabis industry. The Company and Bougainville's agreement provided that funding provided by the Company would go, in part, towards the joint venture’s ultimate purchase of the land consisting of a one-acre parcel located in Okanogan County, Washington, for joint venture operations.

As disclosed on Form 8-K on December 11, 2017, the Company did not comply with the funding schedule for the joint venture. On November 6, 2017, the Company and Bougainville amended the joint venture agreement to reduce the amount of the Company's commitment to $800,000 and also required the Company to issue Bougainville 15 million shares of the Company's restricted common stock. The Company completed its payments pursuant to the amended agreement on November 7, 2017, and on November 9, 2017, issued to Bougainville 15 million shares of restricted common stock. The amended agreement provided that Bougainville would deed the real property to the joint venture within thirty days of its receipt of payment.

Thereafter, the Company determined that Bougainville had no ownership interest in the property in Washington State, but rather was a party to a purchase agreement for real property that was in breach for non-payment. Bougainville also did not possess an agreement with a Tier 3 I502 license holder to grow Marijuana on the property. Nonetheless, as a result of funding arranged for by the Company, Bougainville and an unrelated third party, Green Ventures Capital Corp., purchased the land. The land is currently pending the payment of delinquent property taxes that would allow for the Okanogan County Assessor to sub-divide the property, so that the appropriate portion could be deeded to the joint venture. Although Bougainville represented it would pay the delinquent taxes, it has not. To date, the property has not been deeded to the joint venture.

To clarify the respective contributions and roles of the parties, the Company also offered to enter into good faith negotiations to revise and restate the joint venture agreement with Bougainville. The Company diligently attempted to communicate with Bougainville in good faith to accomplish a revised and restated joint venture agreement, and efforts towards satisfying the conditions to complete the subdivision of the land by the Okanogan County Assessor. However, Bougainville failed to cooperate or communicate with the Company in good faith, and failed to pay the delinquent taxes on the real property that would allow for sub-division and the deeding of the real property to the joint venture.

Company Determines to File Suit. On August 10, 2018, the Company advised its independent auditor that Bougainville did not cooperate or communicate with the Company regarding its requests for information concerning the audit of Bougainville’s receipt and expenditures of funds contributed by the Company in the joint venture agreement. Bougainville had a material obligation to do so under the joint venture agreement. The Company believes that some of the funds it paid to Bougainville were misappropriated and that there was self-dealing with respect to those funds. Additionally, the Company believes that Bougainville misrepresented material facts in the joint venture agreement, as amended, including, but not limited to, Bougainville’s representations that: (i) it had an ownership interest in real property that was to be deeded to the joint venture; (ii) it had an agreement with a Tier 3 # I502 cannabis license holder to grow cannabis on the real property; and, (iii) that clear title to the real property associated with the Tier 3 # I502 license would be deeded to the joint venture thirty days after the Company made its final funding contribution. As a result, on September 20, 2018, the Company filed suit against Bougainville Ventures, Inc., BV-MCOA Management, LLC, Andy Jagpal, Richard Cindric, et al. in Okanogan County Washington Superior Court, case number 18-2- 0045324. The Company’s complaint seeks legal and equitable relief for breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, recession of the joint venture agreement, an accounting, quiet title to real property in the name of the Company, for the appointment of a receiver, the return to treasury of 15 million shares issued to Bougainville, and, for treble damages pursuant to the Consumer Protection Act in Washington State. The registrant has filed a lis pendens on the real property. The case is currently in litigation. Trial is set for January 26-28, 2021.  

 

Caren Glasser

On March 2, 2020, Caren Glasser filed a request for arbitration against the Company alleging non-payment for past due compensation. The case was filed in the in the American Arbitration Association under Case no. 01-20-0000-6290. The Company and Ms. Glasser agreed to settle her dispute on May 7, 2020. The settlement agreement obligates the Company to pay Ms. Glasser $24,000 thirty days of Ms. Glasser’s review and execution, consistent with the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (29 U.S.C. § 626(f).