TULSA - In Georgia, the state House passed a medical marijuana bill overwhelmingly Tuesday, sending it to the Senate.
In Washington, D.C. the City Council voted that same day to decriminalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana.
The District reportedly has had the highest arrest rate for marijuana possession in the country, with more than 90 percent of those arrested being black.
The law there has levied up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000 for possessing any amount of marijuana.
The new ordinance would lower the penalty for up to an ounce to $25.
It would still be criminal to smoke pot in public.
D.C. now joins 16 states that have decriminalized possession.
Meanwhile, the Georgia State House easily passed a medical marijuana bill which would allow certain research facilities to distribute a form of marijuana in a pill or liquid form to patients with severe seizure disorders.
It passed by a vote of 171-4 and now goes to the state Senate.