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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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Okoth wanted to decriminalise marijuana completely.
In the first official statement since his ministry made a joint announcement with the Home Ministry on the proposal to decriminalise substance dependency on Tuesday, Dzulkefly said the push for drug law reform is timely.
Setting out New Delhi's position on Wednesday, senior government lawyer Tushar Mehta said Delhi would leave whether to decriminalise homosexuality "to the wisdom" of the court.
Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) Chairman Dr Qibla Ayaz said, 'It is shocking for all of us to learn that the Pakistani government agreed to even consider this, even though it is impossible to decriminalise such acts in Pakistan.'
The Cannabis Commercial & Medicinal Research Taskforce (CCMRT) says it has been given an assurance that Jamaica will this year decriminalise marijuana as the island seeks to establish a medicinal marijuana industry, reports Caribbean360.com (Feb.
"The relevant mechanisms set by the fund for this purpose apply only to relevant UAE citizens, and not others, and this includes the directives...to decriminalise security cheques presented by UAE citizens to banks and financial firms."
"The mechanisms set by the fund will apply only to UAE citizens, and not others, and this includes the President's directives to decriminalise [bounced] security cheques presented by UAE citizens to banks and financial firms," the statement added.
The notorious convicted cannabis smuggler - who turned good and now campaigns for a relaxation in drug laws - has revealed that the Virgin tycoon's 90-year-old mother was backing his moves to decriminalise cannabis 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.
The state government had also filed a plea challenging the court's order to decriminalise possession of beef if carried in from outside the state and seeking restoration of the law.
The lawyer and lawmaker from DAP commended the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government for moving to decriminalise addiction, but said the problem would persist unless it also cuts off the supply of narcotics at the root.
Eric Gitari, director of the National Gay and Lesbian Rights Commission, has filed suit to decriminalise gay sex involving consenting adults in private.