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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 Turkish Cypriot LGBT community has waited long enough for decriminalisation. I call on all the stakeholders to work together to ensure that a single set of measures to decriminalise homosexuality are tabled without delay," she said.
Arvind Narrain, founder of the Bangalore- based Alternative Law Forum, said the court's comment is not the same thing as a move towards decriminalisation.
The county council intends to introduce decriminalisation to the whole of Warwickshire by 2006.
"The scheme that we have been developing since September is a sensible way of dealing with this problem and I would fear the consequences of legalisation or decriminalisation."
The Scottish Government's health minister Joe FitzPatrick recently demanded in the Record that the UK Government passes down power for Scotland to implement such schemes, which would make some form of decriminalisation of drug use inevitable.
And the influential Home Affairs Select Committee called for a royal commission to consider the decriminalisation of illegal drugs.
Pressed on whether decriminalisation could be a solution, he said: "The Government has no intention whatever of changing the criminal law on drugs.
"Decriminalisation of parking is important because it gives the council some control of our own parking system by employing our own wardens.
The move from Class B to Class C means the drug will be effectively decriminalised by July next year, although Mr Blunkett denied it amounted to legalisation or decriminalisation. It came after the Government's former drugs tsar, Keith Hellawell, resigned his post as a Government adviser in protest at the plans to reclassify cannabis, claiming the move was ``giving out the wrong message''.
IT IS always nice to see the wider Merseyside residents taking an interest in Liverpool, in particular, our proposed parking fines when decriminalisation of parking begins on July 1 (Letters, June 14).
Nor is there consensus that decriminalisation is the way ahead.