High Times Backs Off On Accepting Bitcoin In IPO

High Times Holding Corp, a New York-based media group supporting cannabis usage, has backed down on accepting bitcoin in its initial public offering (IPO), based on a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on August 13th.

The SEC filing noted that the initial release made earlier stating the company had agreed to accept cryptocurrencies for its IPO was “distributed in error.”

At the beginning of August, it was reported that High Times was accepting cryptocurrency for its IPO.

Per the report, the offering was in line with SEC Regulations A+ —  a guideline which enables small businesses to make up to $50 million of funding.

At the time, High Times CEO Adam Levin states that company was “taking another step into the future” by allowing investors who own cryptocurrencies including bitcoin and ethereum to be part of the “public capital rise.” Levin went on to consider cryptocurrency as the currency of the future that has “created a new investor base across the world.”

The August 13th filing with the SEC goes against to the release made earlier. The company has now taken back its statement regarding accepting bitcoin as a form of payment from investors for stock in the company.

The new filing states, “This press release was distributed in error as the Company will not be accepting bitcoin as payment for shares. As provided in the Company’s subscription agreement related to the offering, the Company will only be accepting check, credit card, ACH or wire transfer as payment for subscription to shares.”

Even though the new filing does not mention ethereum which was mention in the previous release, it can mean that they will not be accepting that asset as well.


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