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  • The Marijuana Licensing Game is Officially Afoot in Alabama

    In late October, the Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission (AMCC) sent comprehensive License Application Forms to more than six hundred medical marijuana industry hopefuls throughout the state. The deadline to apply for one of Alabama’s 12 cultivator, four processor, four dispensary, five “integrated facility,” secure transporter, and state testing laboratory licenses is December 30, 2022.

  • Podcast: Governing an Algorithm? The DeFi and Crypto Enforcement Landscape

    The regulatory framework for cryptocurrency and DeFi in general is still a little murky. That hasn't stopped regulatory bodies from bringing enforcement actions against players in this space. What's on the horizon when it comes to investigation and enforcement activity in the decentralized finance space?

  • What Louisiana companies need to know about cryptocurrency and digital transactions

    Talk of bitcoin and cryptocurrency has been unavoidable in recent years. What should Louisiana businesses understand to play in this new sandbox? First, the American Law Institute (ALI) and the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) have approved amendments to the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) governing business transactions which will make control of digital assets simpler andMore

  • FinCEN Issues Final Rule Establishing Beneficial Ownership Information Requirements

    On September 29, 2022, the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a final rule that establishes a beneficial ownership information (BOI) reporting requirement that will require reporting companies to report information about their respective beneficial owners to FinCEN, effective January 1, 2024. This reporting requirement will be in addition to the current state level requirements for submission of entity formation information.

  • FinCEN and OFAC Issue First Joint Action in Cryptocurrency Market

    On October 11, 2022, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) and the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) acted in parallel to issue the first joint action in the cryptocurrency market against Bittrex. Bittrex was a convertible virtual currency (“CVC”) platform with offices primarily in Washington State and was licensed as a money services business (“MSB”) with FinCEN. As a licensed MSB, Bittrex was required to develop, implement, and maintain an effective anti-money laundering (AML) program that was reasonably designed to prevent money laundering and the potential financing of terrorist activities.

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