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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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Kevin Matthews, director of the Decriminalize Denver campaign, said psilocybin has helped him with depression for years.
Joseph "Joe" Moody, D-El Paso, who asked Isaac to sign on to a decriminalization bill, but didn't because he "didn't feel like it was the time." During the interview Monday, however, Isaac said "it is the time now" and publicly pledged to sign on and work to get a bill passed that would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.
Even though Bailey's proposal would decriminalize polygamy for Mormon patriarchs and postmodern polyamorists, she has almost nothing to say about those groups.
The movement, which was lead by Decriminalize Denver, received double the number of signatures required for the vote earlier this year.
CHILEAN PRESIDENT MICHELE Bachelet announced in May that legislation to decriminalize abortion would be in place by the end of the year, according to the Chilean newspaper La Segunda.
Senators, along with media leaders, civil society groups, academic experts and bloggers, agreed yesterday to repeal the Cybercrime Law and the Revised Penal Code to decriminalize libel.
The initiative group plans to hold on June 2 in Tbilisi, in Rustaveli Avenue a rally with the demand to decriminalize
Ottawa -- Bill C-7, dating back to the Jean Chretien government, intends to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Her second documentary, the soon-to-be-released From Danger to Dignity, chronicles the efforts of activists and legislators to decriminalize abortion while telling the story of the underground network that helped women find safe abortions outside the law.
A letter Friday from New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said Jacob Hudnut, the city's chief municipal prosecutor, has no legal authority to decriminalize marijuana or refuse to prosecute related offenses.
Legislators filed several requests on the first day of the 2017 congressional season to (http://www.ibtimes.com/which-states-will-legalize-marijuana-next-texas-virginia-consider-decriminalizing-pot-2450540) decriminalize possession of the plant entirely, asking for charges to be reduced to a smaller civil infraction fine for just $250 instead of offenders having to face jail time and a criminal record.