No wonder the taxes on recreational weed are so high in Tarzana and the rest of LA.
I moved to the Los Angeles area in the late 1990s while I was still in my 20s. My girlfriend at the time had family in the Encino area and she wanted to be closer to them all after years of being in another state for undergraduate school. I was amazed at how beautiful the climate is in Los Angeles, especially in the spring and summer seasons. My family harkened from the midwest, so I was used to miserably cold winters that would last until March or April every year and shortened what little bit of spring we’d normally experience. I loved the summers in those temperate forests of the midwest, but that lush greenery, blue skies, and summers by the lake were never collectively enough to justify the misery of our winter season. Los Angeles and southern California on the other hand have what some people describe as a “Mediterranean climate,” although we have diverse ecology here. Obviously there are mountains, deserts, beaches, suburban neighborhoods, and urban sprawls to name a few. Although it’s notably expensive compared to South Central Los Angeles, Tarzana sports some of the most sophisticated and refined architecture in all of California. No wonder the taxes on recreational weed are so high in Tarzana and the rest of LA. West Hollywood is even more expensive, seeing collective taxes nearly reaching 30% on all recreational cannabis products from legal weed dispensaries. At least the dispensaries in Tarzana stock top shelf cannabis products because they know their customers can afford them. I simply keep a medical marijuana card from the state of California so I can bypass some of the recreational taxes.