SHASTA COUNTY, Calif - Just one year ago, Californians were celebrating the legalization of recreational marijuana.
Now one year later, The Los Angeles Times is reporting that California failed to meet expected revenue.
Based on taxes collected since January first, the state is expected to bring in $471 million dollars in revenue for 2018.
That's $159 million less than governor brown projected in his budget.
Retailers and growers say high taxes, complex regulations, and decisions by most cities to ban cannabis shops were at fault.
"It's just obviously tough for any legal business with the taxes,” said Katie Rabinowitz from Magnolia Oakland
Although the state didn't meet its targeted goal with cannabis sales in Shasta County businesses say its edibles and concentrates like these that are keeping the business booming.
I don't think that it’s necessarily an issue here in Shasta County and especially considering that there have been more dispensaries open especially in the Redding area,” said 530 Collective assistant manager Gyasi Davis.
This year Synergy opened its door as the first dispensary in Redding.
City of Redding Building Official Jim Wright says that's only the start.
In a statement, he wrote, “What we currently have is one retail cannabis outlet that is open for business. We have three other retail outlets that are in the plan review and permitting process. We have five other cannabis facilities that are a mixture of cultivation, processing, and retail that are still in the licensing stage.”
Showing although cannabis sales statewide didn't meet their goal sales in Shasta County only have room to grow.
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