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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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This comes following the state Assembly's Tuesday cancellation of a Thursday vote on a bill that would set up an expungement process for cannabis-related offenses and another that would decriminalize possession of up to two ounces of marijuana instead putting in place a $50 fine.
The proposed ordinance, Initiative 301, which was designed to "decriminalize the use and possession of mushrooms that contain psilocybin," initially appeared to have headed for a defeat.
A citizen initiative on the ballot followed the same tack taken by marijuana activists to decriminalize pot possession in 2005 in the city.
I call on the authorities to use this incident as a way to revise the current laws and to decriminalize defamation.
Minister Nagbe said the Executive, in collaboration with the Press Union of Liberia and international partners is reviewing the bill to decriminalize speech offences and will submit it to the Legislature at its current session.
In 2015, Texas lawmakers proposed a number of unsuccessful bills to decriminalize marijuana, including one by Rep.
Despite the opposition, President Bachelet has made the decriminalization of abortion in Chile a priority mission, telling BBC that she understands the myriad of reasons why women choose to have an abortion, and that women "should have legally the possibility of making their own choices." l he proposed amendment has gone farther than any other attempts to decriminalize abortion in Chile, according to BBC.
"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.
How can you argue on one hand we need to decriminalize something because laws don't work, then argue on the other hand we need to criminalize something because laws do work?
The Supreme Court's decision helps to set precedence that will allow the courts in the various states of Mexico to follow suit, replicating similar reforms to decriminalize abortion, as in the Federal District of Mexico City.
The Paris-based International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) will launch a global campaign in November for a United Nations resolution to decriminalize homosexuality worldwide.