Former MLB Pitcher Wins Hometown License
Former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher Matt Garza, the majority owner of Authentic 559, has been approved for a retail marijuana dispensary in his hometown Fresno, California.
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Former MLB Pitcher Approved For Hometown Dispensary

Former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher Matt Garza, the majority owner of Authentic 559, has been approved for a retail marijuana dispensary in his hometown Fresno, California.
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Former MLB Pitcher Approved For Hometown Dispensary

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Dec 28, 2021
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Former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher Matt Garza, the majority owner of Authentic 559, has been approved for a retail marijuana dispensary in his hometown Fresno, California, according to the Ganjapreneur.

“I’m just going to enjoy this moment. I’ve been patient . . . We’ll see how it goes. We’ll be open as soon as we can, and we’re looking forward to helping this city and community,” Garza said in an interview with GV Wire.

Fresno residents will soon have a favorite new place to get a weed piperolling trays, or a dab pen.

Garza was a pitcher for Fresno State University. In the MLB, he pitched for the Minnesota Twins, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, and Milwaukee Brewers. 

Partnering with his cousin, Isaac Fonseca, Garza also holds a 19% share in Beyond Rooted which received a social-equity license in Fresno. 

The former pitcher earned the decisive game seven victory of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox and was named the series Most Valuable Player.

Garza is not the only former athlete with investments in the cannabis industry. Former National Basketball Association player Chris Webber invested in Players Only Holdings, a training and marijuana cultivation facility in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood

Authentic 559 is also owned by Shryne Group, whose former CEO, Brian Mitchell, recently stepped down “for personal reasons unrelated to Shryne.” 

Mitchell faces six counts of felony insurance fraud, one felony count of conspiracy to commit a crime, and two counts of workers’ compensation fraud. The charges stem from his time at the helm of Signature Painting and Construction, Inc.

Allegedly, the scheme involved A-1 World Class Painting as a shell company to pay Signature’s workers from 2017-18 and subvert workers’ compensation insurance costs. 

Prosecutors say the trio misclassified their employees’ roles and the work’s riskiness to pay lower insurance premiums. Authorities estimated that insurance carriers lost about $5 million through the scheme. Mitchell has pleaded not guilty.

The city of Fresno is currently facing at least four lawsuits based on the procedure for selecting license recipients.

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