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Definition(s):

  • (n) legislation that makes something legal that was formerly illegal

Usage(s):

  • As regards the trends of cannabis use over time, the rate in the Netherlands rose during the 1960's early 70's, decreased for a few years just after decriminalisation in 1976 .

News

  • Easy Access to Cannabis is Tempting

    The decriminalisation of cannabis is a policy that divides policymakers sharply. This column uses evidence from the Netherlands to show a positive connection between early cannabis use and easy access to cannabis through coffeeshops. The policy implications, however, require further research. Closing coffeeshops could result in some potential users searching in the black market where hard drugs ...
    on October 14, 2013     Source: Naked Capitalism

Quotes

  1. "Earlier in January it was revealed, for example, that South Africa refused to support a declaration by the United Nations General Assembly calling for the decriminalisation of homosexuality," said Leon. "What we practise at home, in our...
    on Jan 21, 2009 By: Tony Leon Source: Independent Online

  2. "We hope for support from President Obama for the decriminalisation of coca," Morales said, adding that Bolivia is committed to the fight against cocaine and other drugs.
    on Mar 11, 2009 By: Evo Morales Source: Reuters

  3. "To be credible and effective, decriminalisation must be combined with robust prevention campaigns. The profound drop in tobacco consumption in recent decades shows how public information and prevention campaigns can be effective when they are based...
    on Apr 12, 2010 By: Fernando Henrique Cardoso Source: Dscriber

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