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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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.
This happens when Bailey confronts the barrier that adultery law poses to her plan to decriminalize polygamy.
On July 2 the Delhi High Court gave the verdict to decriminalize the homosexual activities, which was a criminal offence under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
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.
This does not decriminalize those growing weed on their terrace," said Justice Minister Andrea Orlando, according to the Local.
Senator Ralph Recto: 'My position is to decriminalize libel.
Aquilino Pimentel III has cautioned fellow lawmakers against rushing to decriminalize libel, arguing that this was the only remedy available to individuals who felt maligned by others.
MANILA -- Moves to decriminalize libel are gaining momentum in the Senate after the Supreme Court has affirmed the legality of online libel.
The Chicago City Council voted Wednesday to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana and will start issuing pot tickets to violators beginning Aug.
Thus, it is not accurate to state in the explanatory note of the bill that it intends to decriminalize libel," she added.
In 2009, the Mexican Congress approved legislation that decriminalizes possession of a small amount of narcotics (SourceMex, Aug.