Cannabis Brand High Times To Become ‘First Ever’ IPO To Accept Crypto

Francisco Memoria
  • Cannabis brand High Times is reportedly going to become the "first ever" to accept cryptocurrencies in its initial public offering (IPO)
  • The move, according to its CEO, is meant to avoid leaving crypto investors out, and to be at the forefront of popular culture.

Cannabis culture media firm High Times Holding, which claims to be the “original voice in cannabis,” has recently revealed it’ll accept bitcoinand ethereum in its initial public offering (IPO), allegedly making it the ‘first ever’ to accept cryptocurrency investments.

According to a post on its website, the firm is set to accept cryptocurrencies as its part of its mission to be “at the forefront of popular culture.” High Times is selling its shares at $11, with the minimum investment amount being of $99. The brand is looking to go public on the Nasdaq exchange, with the ticker “HITM.”

To accept the cryptocurrencies the firm filed a Regulation A+ report with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which details a near $29 million negative equity reduction, a decrease in operating losses, and debt reduction.

The Regulation A+ (Reg A+) lets small and early-stage companies access capital in an “alternative to a traditional IPO” that lets them sell shares to the general public and not just accredited investors. According to Nasdaq, the filing lets businesses raise as much as $50 million in a 12-month period from members of the public.

Per High Times CEO Adam Levin, cryptocurrencies created a new “investor base across the world” the company didn’t want to exclude from its IPO. He was quoted as saying:

While we didn’t believe that the ICO process was the right move for our brand, it would’ve been foolish to leave this emerging investor base out as we continue to transform into a diversified media, events and merchandise giant.

Adam Levin

High Times was notably launched back in 1974, and is now seen as one of the most important media organizations in the industry, with an online magazine whose “presence [is] still going strong.”

Cannabis and Crypto

Cryptocurrencies have been pointed to as a solution to one of the cannabis industry’s problems. In the US state ballot initiatives made marijuana usage legal, but a number of banks refuse to offer cannabis-related businesses banking services. As a result, these operate only in cash.

Operating this way makes cannabis businesses a target for criminals, and forces them to spend money on security: safes, armored vehicles, guards and more. Given their features, cryptocurrencies could be adopted as a safer and cheaper alternative.

The Dash community has worked to be more involved in the cannabis industry. Last year, dash partnered with Alt Thirty Six, paying it $496,000 to “integrate Dash as a payment option in the cannabis industry’s point of sale (POS) systems.” The move was set to help vendors save 10-15 percent.

Potcoin, a cryptocurrency created for the cannabis industry, made headlines earlier this year after former NBA star-turned diplomat Dennis Rodman appeared on CNN wearing a Potcoin t-shirt.

Chinese Regulators Warn Inner Mongolia Crypto Miners

  • Chinese authorities issued a warning to five ministries in the autonomous province of Inner Mongolia over crypto mining. 
  • Review of the region's cryptocurrency operations will occur in two phases. 

Chinese authorities have issued a notice to ministries within the autonomous province of Inner Mongolia to crackdown on cryptocurrency mining in the region. 

Crypto Clean Up

According to local news outlet ChainNews, five ministries and commissions in Inner Mongolia have been issued a warning to clean up cryptocurrency mining, which is heavily regulated under Chinese law. The document refers to crypto mining as “pseudo-financial innovation” that exists outside of the regular economy, 

The virtual currency ‘mining’ industry belongs to the pseudo-financial innovation unrelated to the real economy, and should not be supported.

The crackdown will be carried out in two phases, according to details in the report. Phase I will occur from Sept. 3 to Sept. 25, allowing the ministries in question time for “self-examination and self-correction” in regards to crypto mining. 

The second phase, which is set to begin on Sept. 30, will involve supervision and rectification by a joint inspection team to thoroughly review any ongoing crypto operations. 

While some miners in the region have feared greater pressure from the Chinese government, other members of the crypto community remain skeptical. 

Dovey wan, co-founder of Primitive Ventures and regular crypto pundit responded to the news by predicting that it would have little impact.

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