Yesterday California became the most populous state in the country to legalize recreational marijuana. The passing of Proposition 64 will immediately allow anyone over the age of 21 to possess and grow cannabis; it gives the state until January 1, 2018, to begin issuing retail licenses.

Let us hope that by legalizing cannabis, California is directing an industry, and a culture, towards a place that does NOT discriminate against people of color, that offers business opportunities for all, that is fair. We need that now more than ever.