Cali “Cannabis King” Receives 22 Months After Bribing County Supervisor

Courthouse News Service reports that a California man who the federal government says wanted to become the “cannabis king” of both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, was given 22 months in prison after bribing a county administrator.

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Helios Raphael “Bobby” Dayspring, 36 was sentenced in 2021 after paying $32,000 in bribes to the now-deceased San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill, in exchange for which Hill approved a regulation that benefited Dayspring’s marijuana farms within the county. In the plea agreement, Dayspring also agreed to pay beyond $7 million to the IRS as restitution and penalties for not reporting income tax.

U.S. District Judge Andre Birotte Jr. on Friday denied Dayspring’s attempt to avoid prison. The judge said his offense was not serious enough to warrant an indefinite probationary sentence, especially because a large number of citizens already had a disdain for the government.

“This strikes at the core of our government,” the judge stated.

Dayspring, who was in control of several marijuana dispensaries and cannabis farms located in Central California, also wanted to bribe the city’s mayor Grover Beach to get two dispensary permits for $100,000, as per the federal government. He had one goal in mind that prosecutors claimed – to create an empire with cannabis.

“His lofty ambitions drove him to bribe a San Luis Obispo County supervisor with tens of thousands in cash to advance and protect his cannabis growing operations, offer to bribe a mayor for cannabis distribution permits, and conceal over $9 million in income on his tax returns,” Prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles said in their sentencing memorandum. This memorandum seeks 27 months of prison for Dayspring.

Louis Levey is the Content Success Manager and Founder at No Strings Content. He's passionate about helping cannabis businesses use content to attract, educate, and convert audiences. His hometown is Boca Raton, Florida, but he currently lives and works remotely in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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