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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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In 2015, Texas lawmakers proposed a number of unsuccessful bills to decriminalize marijuana, including one by Rep.
By planning to decriminalize abortion, Chile is showing its willingness to respect and protect women and girls' rights to life and non-discrimination," said Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International.
Pimentel, chairman of the Senate committee of justice and human rights, said the chance that the bill seeking to decriminalize libel would be passed has diminished.
In a vote of eight to three, the National Supreme Court of Mexico ruled that the State is not obligated to protect life from the moment of conception, backing the 2007 law that decriminalizes voluntary abortion during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
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Although it began as a low-key exchange - with Garcetti and Cooley voicing agreement on a range of issues such as opposing measures to decriminalize drugs and rejecting the notion that movies and television affected violence - it quickly turned harsh.
Navy's efforts to detect heroin, sweat patch testing, and proposals to decriminalize heroin in order to forstall deaths from impure drugs.
One glaring example is in California, the first state to decriminalize medical use of marijuana, and the place where the hemp industry was born.
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Senators, along with media leaders, civil society groups, academic experts and bloggers, agreed yesterday to repeal the Cybercrime Law and the Revised Penal Code to decriminalize libel.
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