Decriminalization


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Decriminalization

The act of making a previously illegal act legal. For example, a state may decriminalize usury by allowing banks to charge higher interest rates.
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The decriminalization move was backed by a campaign run by abortion provider BPAS (British pregnancy advisory service).
Under decriminalization, cannabis users might demand a better ratio between price and quality and consequently turn to domestic production.
Moreover, depenalization is more useful than the decriminalization because in depenalization the crime feature of the act is not removed, but the severity of the penalty is reduced or the criminal feature is eliminated (Ansel, ibid, p.
According to a January 2014 poll commissioned by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, 54 percent of Georgians favor legalization of marijuana for recreational use, and decriminalization is favored by 62 percent to 32 percent.
Among the issues involved in decriminalization is the possibility that reduced enforcement of the marijuana prohibition will lead to increased use of marijuana by youth and, via the gateway drug effect, increased use of hard drugs.
The stated purpose of decriminalization and regulation--Netherlands had laws similar to Canada until 2000--was to eliminate forced prostitution, de-link organized crime and the sex trade, protect prostitutes and address human trafficking (paras 185 to 190).
The same day when A2 was closed, the Government and ZNM announced the agreement on decriminalization of slander.
What about the de facto decriminalization of rape within the legal system?
New Delhi, Feb 28 ( ANI ): The Government of India has taken a stand today in the Supreme Court in favour of decriminalization gay sex.
Sex workers are demanding decriminalization and the same rights as any other worker in this country.
THE SOURCE: "What Can We Learn From the Portuguese Decriminalization of Illicit Drugs?
The remaining papers discuss such topics as brothel operators' experiences of decriminalization, continuing regulation by local authorities, the Christchurch School of Medicine study on the impact of the PRA, public health authorities' experience of implementation, the media and the PRA, issues of risk and risk management in sex work in the post-PRA environment, and the impact of the PRA on stigma towards sex workers and sex work.