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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Decriminalization and medical marijuana bills failed in the legislature last year.
Under the law on decriminalization of defamation, the plaintiff is granted a chance to pick whom they would sue--the journalist, the editor or the legal entity.
Those who are against decriminalization argue that such policies could lead to an increase in drug use and drug addiction, but some studies carried out in Holland, where marijuana has been decriminalized since 1976, have proven that this is not the case.
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Similarly, with respect to the more recent decriminalization of marijuana in Australia, Williams (2004) found no evidence that decriminalization led to significantly greater use by young adults (although she found some evidence of greater use by persons over 25).
On the other hand, the fears that decriminalization would result in increased organized crime, human trafficking and the exploitation of minors have not appeared (ONSC, para 201).
The aim is to reaffirm the idea of autonomy, demedicalization and, of course, in a second stage, the decriminalization of abortion in our region or legalization in appropriate cases.
THREE main legal frameworks address sex work--criminalization, legalization and decriminalization.
The problem with the draft proposal is that it does not just ask for the decriminalization of homosexuality, he said.
Subject: re: Would decriminalization make prostitution safer?
The experiment presented in this paper begins by depicting the current situation in America, punishment for both users and dealers, and then explores the potential policy changes of decriminalization and legalization.
These elements obviously viewed decriminalization as a cure-all for such crimes as the murders of prostitutes.