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decriminalization

n. the repeal or amendment (undoing) of statutes which made certain acts criminal, so that those acts no longer are crimes or subject to prosecution. Many states have decriminalized certain sexual practices between consenting adults, "loitering," (hanging out without any criminal activity), or out-moded racist laws against miscegenation (marriage or cohabitation between people of different races). Currently, there is a considerable movement toward decriminalization of the use of some narcotics (particularly marijuana) by adults, on various grounds, including individual rights and contention that decriminalization would take the profit out of the drug trade by making drugs available through clinics and other legal sources.

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Homosexual acts between men over 21 years of age were decriminalised in England and Wales in 1967.
It reflected your interest in sex with young boys and your wish to see sex between adults and boys decriminalised.
He said that an open and honest debate would consider the defence of the public alongside what drugs might be decriminalised.
Some critics argue the war on drugs has been lost and cannabis should be decriminalised.
Abortion is decriminalised without reference to gestational age in the Australian Capital Territory.
But credit where it's due, if such it is: Well done Gwynedd Decriminalised Parking Enforcement Operatives or Executives or whatever.
Roger Aston, who claims his son Andrew's drug addiction started with cannabis and spiralled into a crack cocaine habit, believes cannabis has effectively been decriminalised by moving it from a Class B drug to Class C.
The report to Tuesday's panel states: "On-street charging for parking will need to be considered in the context of the decriminalised enforcement of parking regulations.
A TOP academic yesterday claimed the number of women in Scottish prisons would be cut if prostitution was decriminalised.
THE use of heroin, cocaine and cannabis is set to be decriminalised in the most dramatic changes to the drug laws in Irish history.
I think the best way to make the industry safer is to work towards a system like that in New Zealand, where the whole industry is decriminalised and regulated.
I think my son would still have died regardless if drugs were "I think my son would still have died regardless if drugs were decriminalised or not.