I have lived in Tarzana for the majority of my life.
My family and I moved here when I was two years old and we never left.
My mom and dad moved here because cannabis was legalized in California. My dad was the manager of a legal cannabis farm and my mom stayed home with my brother and I. When we were growing up, cannabis was a part of our family life. Both of my parents use cannabis in the house and they told us that it was medicine. I never used cannabis until I was 18. My parents wanted me to wait until I was an adult to make that decision. Since cannabis is legal for recreational use in California, it was very easy to obtain a variety of different cannabis products. The first time I ever used cannabis, I spent most of the night awake and laughing. I read a whole magazine article about the city where I live. The magazine was informative. I learned that the name Tarzana comes from the name Tarzan. The author of the famous book series, Edgar Rice Burroughs, had a large ranch in the area and he named it Tarzana. The famous neighborhood outside of Los Angeles is still home to the now deceased author. There are several Tarzana landmarks dedicated to the author and namesake for the town. Until I read the article, I didn’t know any of that information and I have been living here for almost twenty years. They should teach some of that history in our geography classes or social studies.