The following article was posted on August 4th, 2021, in the Santa Maria Sun – Volume 22, Issue 23 [ Submit a Story ]

The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] – Volume 22, Issue 23

NHC loses court fight over Orcutt dispensary, founder charged with bribery By Camillia Lanham

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles announced bribery and tax evasion charges against Natural Healing Center co-founder and owner Helios Dayspring just days after a Santa Barbara County Superior Court judge denied the cannabis company’s petition against the county for the score NHC received on its application to open an Orcutt dispensary. 

NHC filed the petition in March after the company’s application didn’t score high enough to make the final list of potential storefronts in Orcutt eligible to continue the application process. In its petition, NHC asked the court to re-score its application and prohibit the county from taking any further action on Orcutt’s dispensary application process, alleging that the county didn’t follow its own cannabis application rules and procedures and ignored certain information that NHC submitted. 

The court granted the stay, pending a hearing and ruling on the matter, and denied the petition on

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