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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This happens when Bailey confronts the barrier that adultery law poses to her plan to decriminalize polygamy.
Other groups that were the recipients of grants included the Canadian National Coalition of Experiential Women, which received $322,646 while actively campaigning to decriminalize solicitation for prostitution, and the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, which received $150,000.
These propositions also contain features that legalize or decriminalize marijuana and other drugs.
New Delhi, Sep 17 (ANI): The Union Cabinet on Thursday, decided to ask Attorney General G E Vahanavati to assist the Supreme Court in arriving at an opinion on Delhi High Court's verdict to decriminalize consensual sex among consenting adults.
Then, in early November 2004, the same committee urged overwhelmingly-Muslim Morocco to decriminalize abortion.
Texas altered its law in 1974 to decriminalize heterosexual sodomy, and local prosecutors energetically defend the state's prosecution of Lawrence and Garner.
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.
Although the context for Trudeau's famous quote was the legal status of homosexual acts between consenting adults, the remark provided an effective slogan for those wishing to decriminalize abortion and promote contraception.
In 2009, the Mexican Congress approved legislation that decriminalizes possession of a small amount of narcotics (SourceMex, Aug.