Two years after Helios Dayspring was caught breaking county zoning and state water quality laws — he was illegally expanding a cannabis operation on private land in the Los Padres National Forest and polluting the creeks — county officials are taking steps that could lead to the shutdown of his last remaining “grow” on the Central Coast.
Dayspring’s rise in the region's cannabis industry was swift; he opened three dispensaries in San Luis Obispo County in recent years and was granted 37 provisional state licenses for the cultivation of medical cannabis in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. A glowing promotional video from 2017, posted on YouTube, showed footage of Dayspring as a baby and called him “The Sun King.”
“It’s a high-risk business,” Dayspring says in the video, which features his “grows” in Los Padres and Tepusquet Canyon, east of Santa Maria. “You can lose everything. You have to have the confidence to pull this shit off … We’re never leaving the mountains if we don’t have to. We’re always going to be staying out here, because this is where the true beauty of California is.”
Yet he may be leaving soon. In an abrupt reversal of fortune, Dayspring is expected to plead guilty this month to felony charges of tax evasion in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties and bribery of a San Luis Obispo County supervisor.
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