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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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That's like saying: "We can't catch killers and rapists so let's just decriminalise rape and murder.
Urquhart's proposal to decriminalise the selling and buying of sex in a bid to stop prostitutes operating in more dangerous conditions is out to consultation.
Foreigners still risk being imprisoned for bouncing cheques in the United Arab Emirates, as a government order which decriminalises the offence applies only to local citizens, an official statement said.
The 66-year-old said that Mrs Branson brandished a newspaper cutting of the Virgin boss throwing his weight behind efforts to decriminalise marijuana use.
The second is that quietly and with little ado, Mexico last week enacted a law to decriminalise possession of small amounts of all major narcotics, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and crystal meth.
If those kind of things were halted, we would find it hard" Tory Lord Carnarvon, owner of Highclere Castle where Downton Abbey was filmed, on why the UK should remain in the EU "My predominant mood is one of anxiety - and though I have tried sport, eating, drinking, jogging and sex, nothing calms me down like having a think" Philosopher Alain de Botton "Man says we should decriminalise a known violence against women.
Kirstin Innes, whose rst book Fish Net focuses on the twilight world of prostitution, says the only way to make the world's oldest profession safe is to decriminalise it.
London, Apr 25 ( ANI ): Russell Brand on Tuesday urged the MPS to decriminalise drug possession.
I know the argument about shifting the emphasis away from criminality towards health concerns, but the issues are extremely complex and I'm not convinced that organised criminals will go away if you decriminalise drugs.
In effect, what they've said is that because they can't deal with it they'll just decriminalise it.
There is a debate about whether you decriminalise cannabis or legalise it and I am against it,' he said.
A FORMER prostitute has slammed moves to decriminalise those who buy sex saying the act is always abuse.