decriminalize decriminalize  /di ˌkrɪ mə nə ˈlaɪz/


  • (v) make legal


  1. The state house has passed a measure that would decriminalize adultery.
  2. And the bill would do more than just play with nouns: It would decriminalize less frequent selling of sex and introduce new measures to try to get sex workers out of the industry.
  3. The federal government announced plans this autumn to decriminalize personal possession and consumption of cannabis.


  1. Branstad wants review of marijuana arrest inequities

    NO TO LEGALIZATION: Gov. Terry Branstad said he supports a review and corrective action in light of a report by the ACLU of Iowa that found blacks in Iowa are eight times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites. However, he did not support a suggestion that the solution would be to decriminalize marijuana use in Iowa.
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Quad-City Times

  2. The Many Different Faces Of Marijuana In America

    On Tuesday, Vermont moved to decriminalize the possession of marijuana for quantities up to an ounce, replacing potential prison time for arrests with fines. Peter Shumlin, the state's governor, made a telling distinction between weed and "harder" drugs when he announced the move. read more
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Georgia Public Broadcasting


  1. "I think we need to rethink and decriminalize our marijuana laws," Mr. Obama told an audience during a debate at Northwestern University in 2004. "But I'm not somebody who believes in legalization of marijuana."
    on Jan 31, 2008 By: Barack Obama Source: Washington Times

  2. "We want to decriminalize the state of illegal workers," Gutierrez told the crowd. "Raúl and I do not believe in guest-worker programs. What we have is a new worker program."
    on Jun 4, 2007 By: Luis Gutierrez Source: Arizona Daily Star

  3. But Ammiano replied, "If we're hemorrhaging money and doing this wink-wink, nod-nod all these years, it's about time we start harvesting this. And admit to the fact that it's going to be around and if we regulate and tax it, and decriminalize it, we...
    on Apr 12, 2009 By: Tom Ammiano Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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