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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.

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.

Meanwhile, some say continued efforts to decriminalize marijuana could help expand educational opportunities.

Back in 1973, it was the first state to decriminalize cannabis.

The vote was 228-to-164 and marked the first time either chamber of Congress has voted on the issue of federally decriminalizing cannabis.

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.


On this page you'll find 16 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to decriminalize, such as: legitimize, allow, permit, regulate, sanction, and declare lawful.

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