- to eliminate criminal penalties for or remove legal restrictions against: to decriminalize marijuana.
Origin of decriminalize
Examples from the Web for decriminalization
“There are indications that decriminalization can reduce the burden on criminal justice systems,” the report said.Britain Admits Anti-Drug Laws Are Useless
October 30, 2014
“No system works 100 percent, but we do know that decriminalization is the number one thing we have to do first,” said Kinkaid.
There is some strong evidence to suggest that decriminalization can protect sex workers, and all women, from violent crime.
They only support the decriminalization of the drug, which just became law in the Old Line State.Maryland's Boringly Liberal Gubernatorial Debate
May 8, 2014
Collins argues for the decriminalization of drugs, which he calls a “far more effective tool.”Economists Slam the War on Drugs in a New London School of Economics Report
May 6, 2014
- (tr) to remove (an action) from the legal category of criminal offenceto decriminalize the possession of marijuana
Word Origin and History for decriminalization
1963, "to reform a criminal," back-formation from decriminalization. Meaning "to make legal something that formerly had been illegal" was in use by 1970 (there are isolated instances back to 1867). Related: Decriminalized; decriminalizing.