Move to decriminalise marijuana in Washington DC
5 February 2014 Last updated at 10:58 GMT
Washington DC has taken a first step towards decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana, joining a growing number of states that have already done so.
The District of Columbia's city council voted to decriminalize marijuana in a move that would make smoking the drug in the capital a violation comparable to a parking ticket.
Barbara Plett-Usher reports.