The Colorado Digital Token Act: What you need to know

The State of Colorado introduced a new bill on crypto regulation Friday, which if passed, will make digital currencies exempt from certain state securities laws. State lawmakers say they are seeking to accommodate local "cryptoeconomic" businesses after the Securities Commissioner filed against 20 initial coin offerings last year, in line with existing local laws.

In its current format, The Colorado Digital Token Act means:


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  • those dealing tokens in Colorado will not be bound by securities registration requirements.
  • new tokens will need to qualify "under the Colorado safe harbor law", or revert to regular securities law, reported.
  • crypto companies with "consumptive purposes" (defined as offering services or goods) will face more lenient regulation.

The bill, backed by three state senators, is Colorado's second attempt in the past 12 months to pass a crypto exemption law. The last proposal narrowly failed in April after lawmakers reportedly switched votes at the last minute. Governor John Hickenlooper, whose last day in office is today, later established the Council for the Advance of Blockchain Technology to advise on an appropriate legal framework. 

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