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The Fifty U.S. States and Cryptocurrency Regulations

Article is provided by Jennifer L. Moffitt, a privately practicing attorney. Contacts can be found at the end of the post.

In the United States, virtual currency, such as Bitcoin and other similar coins, and virtual currency exchanges have been subject to federal regulations, with taxation and financial crimes the most prominent regulatory issues.[1]  However, it is at the state level that regulation of virtual currency has been most contradictory.  The U.S. states have mixed responses to the emergence of cryptocurrency.  Some of the states have ignored cryptocurrency by not implementing or amending any laws that address virtual currency.  However, other states have taken action with some states somewhat hostile towards virtual currency while other states are more welcoming.  In a number of states, the response towards cryptocurrency is currently ambiguous with no actual position taken.  This discussion will attempt to categorize regulations by restrictions placed on virtual currency and identify states by category of regulation.  In addition, the implications and effects of widely divergent state level legislation and regulations will be examined.

State Level Cryptocurrency Regulatory Tools

There are several regulatory tools used by states to regulate and control virtual currency.  These include money transmission laws, licensing requirements and regulatory guidance.  A brief summary of these tools is provided below.

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Bitcoin ATM Market Dynamics February 2018

In January the world of cryptocurrency experienced quite a bit of volatility. The first week of February saw Bitcoin hit its lowest price for the year. As the month progressed the price began to climb back up. Despite a few dips, Bitcoin closed the month at $11,009, a 23.6% increase from the price at the beginning of the month.

Bitcoin Price February 2018
Bitcoin Price February 2018, source:

Accompanying the upward trajectory was the growth in the number of new machines.

Period Start: 2197, Period End: 2392
Opened: 237, Closed: 42, Net Growth: +195 (+8.9%)

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