legalization legalization  /ˌli ɡə lə ˈzeɪ ʃən/


  • (n) the act of making lawful



  1. The legalization effort is getting serious consideration from surprising quarters.
  2. He thinks the legalization argument is absurd, especially when proposed by libertarian Republicans who are so doctrinaire he finds them to be outside his party.
  3. The bottom line for those favoring legalization: drug-related crime damages society far more than drug usage itself.


  1. Pot-Seeking Seniors Hope to Light a Fire Under Pols

    Legalization activists young and old will fan out across the Capitol on June 17 as part of Federal Marijuana Lobby Day, a pro-pot push poised to include food, booze and pep talks from sympathetic policymakers.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: CQ Politics

  2. Senators Attempt to Tie Legalization to Border Security

    During the Senate's first full day of debate of the immigration reform bill, several Senators attempted to tie border security increases to the start of the legalization program. Advocates worry that such amendments could make legalization virtually unattainable. Sen. John...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: New America Media

  3. Marijuana legalization changes police dog training in Washington

    In the wake of marijuana legalization, police departments in Washington have either put the dogs through pot desensitization training or plan not to train them for marijuana detection.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: KVAL Eugene


  1. "The most important lesson to be taken away is that the benefits of legalization depend strongly on how it is implemented. Some veteran growers in far northern California oppose legalization, fearing it would increase competition and cut profits,...
    on Jul 8, 2010 By: Daniel Hamburg Source: Malaysia Sun

  2. "They were in a hurry to deport me because they saw that I was threatening to mobilize and organize the people to fight for legalization," Arellano said in Spanish outside a Tijuana apartment building where she was staying with a friend. "I...
    on Aug 20, 2007 By: Elvira Arellano Source: Forbes

  3. "People in this country who traditionally would be supporting fair immigration policies, but who are worried about the legalization process in this bill, would come forward and support this," Webb said.
    on Jun 27, 2007 By: James Henry Webb Source: Houston Chronicle

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