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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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We need to have a grown-up conversation about whether it's decriminalisation or introducing drug-user rooms and how we target intervention, policing and neighbourhood services.
What the rejected bill is aboutSmer has been rather passive on this issue, while the opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party says it has always been speaking solely about the decriminalisation of marijuana.
A flagship documentary, 50 Shades Of Gay, will feature My Best Friend's Wedding actor Everett giving his personal take on the developments in gay life in Britain since decriminalisation.
The full decriminalisation of sex work is the only model that respects the rights of sex workers with the potential to address the HIV crisis facing South Africa, said Ms Morutoa.
Research into over 25 jurisdictions across the world that have implemented decriminalisation shows that, when done well, decriminalisation can bring excellent social, economic and health benefits to society.
The BMA did not call for decriminalisation, but said the law should be changed so that "treatment and support are prioritised over criminalisation and punishment".
Ironically, if the CDA's recommendation for the decriminalisation of cannabis does bear fruit, individuals will be able to legally self-medicate with this herb even if the failure to legalise medical marijuana does not allow doctors to prescribe it.
On Tuesday, the organisation voted to support the decriminalisation of prostitution at its biennial International Council Meeting.
Durham Constabulary chief constable Mike Barton last year" Durham Constabulary chief constable Mike Barton last year said decriminalisation was the best way to wrestle power from criminal gangs.
While pleading for decriminalisation of gay sex, the Centre had told the SC that the anti- gay law had resulted from British colonialism and the Indian society was much more tolerant towards homosexuality.
All three parties promised to enact a decriminalisation of homosexuality giving a timeframe of one to two months.
Most national drug control strategies have focused on law enforcement to curb supply despite calls to explore other approaches, such as decriminalisation and strict legal regulation, the report said.