decriminalization decriminalization  /di ˌkrɪ mə nə lə ˈzeɪ ʃən/


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


  1. In February, the former presidents of Brazil, Colombia and Mexico signed a statement calling for decriminalization of several narcotics.
  2. All 50 states could pass decriminalization bills, and it wouldn't change the fed position a bit.
  3. Among nine Democratic candidates who replied, only George Wallace stood adamantly against decriminalization of pot.


  1. Sir Richard Branson joins Filner on drug panel

    Mayor Bob Filner stopped short of calling for decriminalization of all drug use.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: U-T San Diego

  2. Nevada missed a chance to save money and stop stigmatizing marijuana users

    While Nevada makes progress on dispensing medical marijuana, lawmakers also had a chance to debate ending a ban on marijuana use in the state. Assembly Bill 402 could have opened the doors to the decriminalization of possessing, consuming and cultivating pot. The bill would have established regulations, such as an age limit of 21, while including a 25 percent excise tax on wholesale and retail ...
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Las Vegas CityLife

  3. Industrial hemp's future as a crop in Colorado awaits federal action

    The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union is lobbying actively for decriminalization of industrial hemp at the federal level, and bills were introduced in the House of Representatives and Senate late this winter.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: The Steamboat Pilot & Today

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  1. "Decriminalization of the consumer should include what are called second-generation human rights, but at the same time there should be a strong policy of prevention, so that no one falls in the situation of consuming any substance," said Anibal...
    on Aug 1, 2008 By: Anibal Fernandez Source: CNN International

  2. "Decriminalization of marijuana will send a message to children and young adults that it is okay to use and abuse illegal substances," Coakley said, according to a statement. "Not only is there a direct link between marijuana use and juvenile...
    on Oct 31, 2008 By: Martha Coakley Source: Politicker MA

  3. "Judging by every metric, decriminalization in Portugal has been a resounding success," says Glenn Greenwald, an attorney, author and fluent Portuguese speaker, who conducted the research. "It has enabled the Portuguese government to manage...
    on Apr 26, 2009 By: Glenn Greenwald Source: TIME

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