to eliminate criminal penalties for or remove legal restrictions against: to decriminalize marijuana.
- Also especially British, de·crim·i·nal·ise .
- de·crim·i·nal·i·za·tion, noun
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How to use decriminalize in a sentence
In December, the House of Representatives voted to pass a bill that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, though it is unclear how the bill might fare in a split Senate.South Dakota voters said yes to legalizing marijuana. But a judge ruled it’s unconstitutional. | Teo Armus | February 9, 2021 | Washington Post
Consensual same-sex sexual relations remain decriminalized in the rest of Indonesia outside of the cities of Pariaman and Palembang in the provinces of West Sumatra and South Sumatra respectively.Two men in Indonesia’s Aceh province caned for having sex | Michael K. Lavers | January 30, 2021 | Washington Blade
Meanwhile, some say continued efforts to decriminalize marijuana could help expand educational opportunities.Medical cannabis master’s program at University of Maryland sees growth since launch | Tracy Mitchell Griggs | December 18, 2020 | Washington Post
Back in 1973, it was the first state to decriminalize cannabis.The war on drugs didn’t work. Oregon’s plan might. | Kat Eschner | December 17, 2020 | Popular-Science
The vote was 228-to-164 and marked the first time either chamber of Congress has voted on the issue of federally decriminalizing cannabis.House votes to decriminalize marijuana as GOP resists national shift on pot | Mike DeBonis | December 4, 2020 | Washington Post
The World Health Organization recommends that countries decriminalize sex work.
He once ran for sheriff of Pitkin County, Colorado, on the Freak Power ticket, promising to decriminalize drugs.
British Dictionary definitions for decriminalize
(tr) to remove (an action) from the legal category of criminal offence: to decriminalize the possession of marijuana
- decriminalization or decriminalisation, noun
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