Richard Lee has created a multimillion-dollar empire in Oakland, Calif., built largely on medicinal pot. And now, he wants to take it a step further, by turning marijuana into a totally legal, taxable commodity for any Californian age 21 or older. Jeff Chiu/AP hide caption

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New United Motor Manufacturing Inc., also known as NUMMI, was a unique joint venture between Toyota and General Motors in Fremont, Calif. Jennifer Baires/KQED hide caption

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In 1996, Californians voted to allow sick people with referrals from doctors to consume cannabis — and medical marijuana dispensaries cropped up. In the past two years, an estimated 800 operations set up shop in Los Angeles, while city leaders dragged their feet to regulate them — until now. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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The upcoming prisoner release is meant to reduce costs — California spends almost 10 percent of its general fund budget to house inmates. Above, the gymnasium at San Quentin, seen in a 2009 file photo, serves as overflow housing for hundreds of inmates. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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