Kelly Mahoney


Within the past two years, the cryptocurrency market exceeded a record $2 trillion. As of November 2021, there are seventy-five million Bitcoin (a type of cryptocurrency) users and counting. Many states have implemented regulations and policies in response to this massive growth of the crypto market. While some states like Wyoming and Texas welcome cryptocurrency other states, such as New York and Washington, are more apprehensive and seek to constrain cryptocurrency due to its volatility and novelty. In contrast, federal agencies are still debating on how to address cryptocurrency, and glimpses of federal regulation can be seen through the 2021 Infrastructure and Jobs Act. Ultimately, this Comment analyzes the different approaches states have used to regulate or facilitate cryptocurrency and provides a recommendation of whether any of these tactics could be applied on a federal level.