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  • v  make legal

  • Quietly and with little ado, Mexico last week enacted a law to decriminalize possession of small amounts of all major narcotics, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and .
  • The state house has passed a measure that would decriminalize adultery.
  • India's High Court decriminalizes homosexuality, winning applause from activists, the ire of conservatives, and possibly opening the way for gay rights groups in neighboring .
News & Articles

  • 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.
    June 17, 2013 - Quad-City Times
  • 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
    June 12, 2013 - Georgia Public Broadcasting

  • Barack Obama in Washington Times
    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."
  • Luis Gutierrez in Arizona Daily Star
    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."
  • Tom Ammiano in San Francisco Chronicle
    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...

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