Florida OFR Claims Marijuana and Virtual Currency Are “Emerging Threats”

Marijuana

Florida Office of Financial Regulation recently released a consumer publication, Fast Facts, which claimed that medical marijuana and virtual currency (bitcoins) were “emerging threats” in terms of investments.fast

The pamphlet does not state the factual or anecdotal basis for those statements.

The Fast Facts pamphlet is here.  See page 9.

 

4th Amendment
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Ethics
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