SLO County supervisors bend to pressure from marijuana moguls

December 18, 2019

Helios Dayspring

By KAREN VELIE

A week after voting against extending a marijuana resolution that allowed 31 cannabis cultivation sites to operate without land use permits, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to reconsider their decision. [Cal Coast Times]

Of the 43 people who spoke in favor of extending the abeyance resolution, the vast majority were business affiliates or employees of local marijuana moguls Helios Dayspring and Brett Vapnek. Because of multiple violations for failing to comply with county regulations, Dayspring has been unable to finalize multiple permits on properties listed under the abeyance resolution.

Dayspring representative Stacy Wooten wrote in an email that Dayspring has had no violations at his active cannabis sites. At this time of year, most cannabis has already been harvested.

Dayspring has received more than a dozen notices of violation at his cannabis cultivation sites, including several that are in progress, according to county records.

For years, under the names Perennial Wellness or Nipomo Ag, Vapnek has grown marijuana at 662 Eucalyptus Road, and also illegally processed pot at a nearby property, according to the state.

On March 13, state investigators served a criminal search warrant at 887 Mesa Road in Nipomo, and discovered Vapnek was processing marijuana grown illegally at another site, according to the the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Less than a month later, the county shut down the CFAM Management marijuana cultivation at 887 Mesa Road because of the illegal activities. Even so, county staff continued to allow Vapnek to cultivate marijuana at 662 Eucalyptus Road under the abeyance resolution.

For three years, marijuana growers who agreed “not to expand beyond that which existed on or before Aug. 26, 2016, as registered under the urgency ordinance,” were permitted to grow pot while they worked through the permitting process. The board has twice extended the abeyance resolution, primarily because of the planning department’s failures to process permits in a timely manner.

While there are a handful of the 31 growers impacted by the abeyance resolution who appear to have operated legitimately and have not yet had their permit applications fully processed, others have given up.

During the public comment period, workers for Dayspring and Vapnek lamented that they would lose their jobs if the abeyance resolution was not extended.

Opponents of the extension argued that there had been enough time for good growers to get their permits.

In the end, supervisors Adam Hill, Bruce Gibson and John Peschong voted to put an extension of the ordinance on the Jan. 14 board agenda. Until that time, Sheriff Ian Parkinson will look into which of the businesses growing under the abeyance ordinance have been operating in good faith.


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ajdury

Which employees would be unemployed again?


The traffickers or the traffickees?


JordanJ

The biggest joke on the public is the parade of people who said they would lose their jobs right before Christmas if the abeyance resolution wasn’t extended. Helios Dayspring’s crops are harvested and his fields are bare and his hoop houses are empty. No one is working in outdoor marijuana farms in the winter.


Those who called Helios Dayspring a small farmer were also manipulating the clueless board of supervisors. Both Helios Dayspring and Brett Vapnek bring in about $2 million a month, but small farmer does illicit more sympathy. I bet this came directly from the Supervisor Adam Hill playbook on how to manipulate the board and the clueless local media.


Russ J

How can I start a cigarette factory in my backyard? Is this a roadmap to business expansion and jobs growth across our county?


obispan

Peschong is corrupt. If you want a true conservative supervisor like Debbie Arnold or Lynn Compton, who would be appropriate for Paso, then find one. Peshong a fraud to which KPRL and the Republican Party are blind. “Small businessman” my ass. The only business he runs is a $100 million hit piece political consulting firm. He is as evil as any supervisor has ever been, and his ally and cohort Adam Hill has set a high standard.


Boldguy

They didn’t bend, they broke!!!

I get Hill and Gibson, you don’t bite the hand that feeds you!!!

Peschong not so much, I always thought he was the adult in the room:(


fhill123

So the dopes running the dope also run the dopes in office!!


DocT

Dear Supervisors:


It would be a shame if the voters became aware of the deals and special provisions made between our investors and your political campaigns, not to mention the “gifts” given to you by us. Voters might not understand the complex nature of governing and supervising and might get the wrong idea about you.


For these reasons and others like them, we strongly demand that you extend this resolution.


Sincerely,


your partners and ATM’s in the local cannabis industry.


PS: please continue to make it impossible for non-felons and/or local folks to compete with us….again, the reasons are alluded to above. Thanks!


tomsquawk

“primarily because of the planning department’s failures to process permits in a timely manner.” translate, “submitted permits must be accompanied with C notes”


obispan

Not just C notes, a lot of C notes, John Shoals, Jamie Jones, these people can talk to city and county staff, you can’t.


Jorge Estrada

Bloomshine is here to stay and the blooming idiots are going to get rich because the path of least resistance will be well funded. Get ready for a consequential tax to be passed, remember you voted for this.