decriminalization


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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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Only 500 members, however, attended the annual representative meeting and the five parts of the six-part motion supporting decriminalization [the other part was noncontroversial] were backed by fewer than half of these.
Supply, installation and commissioning of 62 parking meters, to the standards with the decriminalization of paid parking, intended for the management of parking on roads in the town of Saint-Quentin.
National Decriminalization, not Legalization is the foundation upon which the members of The Underground Cannabis Club of America, Can and will grow legit and prosper too.
threatened to take action against decriminalization efforts if they were passed throughout the state.
Given cannabis growers operate under the same cannabis production laws regardless of criminalization and decriminalization legal regimes, the number of marijuana herbs seized and cannabis plants eradicated should remain unchanged.
The OSCE Center in Ashgabat organized the event to raise the participant's awareness about different scenarios for decriminalization reform, taking into account existing international standards and best international experiences in this field.
For these reasons the significance of decriminalization becomes highlighted.
District of Columbia--Recreational, Decriminalization
According to them, the previous law did journalists justice more considering it made it clear that those reporting what has previously been said in public by someone else will not be punished for slander, which, in their view, is not the case with the present law on decriminalization of defamation.
Uruguay could become the first country in the hemisphere to go beyond decriminalization.
Jones and his team raced against the clock, discussing strategies to counter the arguments of the side favouring the decriminalization of polygamy, which was led by court-appointed amicus curiae George Macintosh.
Other South American countries, tired of US haranguing to slow the supply side, could follow in Washington's and Colorado's decriminalization footsteps: A left-wing politician in Mexico is set to introduce legislation to regulate marijuana consumption; Uruguay is reexamining the state's role in regulating cannabis cultivation.