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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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Two pertinent definitions of decriminalisation are:
The charity believes decriminalisation would result in an increase in the number of victims of human trafficking.
The Turkish Cypriot LGBT community has waited long enough for decriminalisation.
2) Will the decriminalisation of individual drug use result in a major deterrent being removed?
There has been thinking in the UAE of decriminalisation of postdated bounced cheques across the board, but you cannot do that without finding an alternative instrument," he said.
But Gillard said decriminalisation was not the answer, insisting the focus instead should be on tough policing and providing treatment options for users.
The proposal is decriminalisation," Perez said at a drugs summit.
He added: "The Obama Administration has been quite clear in our opposition to decriminalisation or legalisation of illicit drugs.
Party members are almost certain to back a motion at next month's conference urging the Government to set up an expert panel to consider the decriminalisation of personal drug use.
MR Ward advocates the decriminalisation of drugs (15.
Summary: The global war on drugs has failed and governments should "urgently" consider decriminalisation and legal regulation.
In the letter they also say that should such a review of the evidence demonstrate the failure of the current position, they would urge for the immediate decriminalisation of drug possession.