About a year before Helios Dayspring would plead guilty to felony charges of bribery and tax evasion, an attorney for the cannabis businessman sent an email to San Luis Obispo city officials.
“Please be advised that Helios Dayspring has sold his interest in NHCSLO, LLC, to Valnette Garcia,” attorney Paul Ready wrote on Sept. 9, 2020, referring to Dayspring’s dispensary, Natural Healing Center. “If you have any questions about the transaction, please feel free to give me a call at your first convenience.”
click to enlarge Photo By Peter Johnson NOT OPEN Natural Healing Dispensary, Helios Dayspring’s former company, must open its doors in SLO (pictured) before Oct. 22, or risk losing its permit, according to city officials.
At the time, the FBI was investigating Dayspring for bribing local government officials and underreporting millions of dollars in personal income—alleged crimes that Dayspring would later surrender to in July 2021.
Dayspring had acknowledged that investigation in court records available last fall, in the context of a lawsuit from his top investor, a former federal official, who called the Morro Bay cannabis magnate who’d ascended to the top of the SLO County industry an “unscrupulous con man.”
But, according to SLO City Attorney Christine Dietrick, those were just allegations back in September 2020. When presented with Dayspring’s ownership transfer notice last year, the city simply had an ordinance to follow.
“Allegations in a private civil action typically wouldn’t be something we’re even following,” Dietrick told New Times. “We take our cues from investigatory agencies with the authority to enforce.”
Dayspring’s exits from his three SLO County cannabis dispensaries in SLO, Grover Beach, and Morro Bay occurred between September