Yesterday two extremely important milestones were reached around the nation in the name of genuine social progress. First, America has now elected a black President not once but twice. Even fifteen years ago, this would have been considered an impossibility. It reflects the huge strides against racism our country has made over the last eighty years. Second, three states decriminalized marijuana. Washington and Colorado legalized it outright while Massachusetts legalized it for medicinal use. Once again, even fifteen years ago this would have been considered impossible. It represents a huge step in the direction of addressing drug use as a social issue instead of a criminal one. As a people we owe ourselves a hearty congratulations for making long overdue progress on issues that all of us face as a society. Congratulations America!