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Decriminalization of Drugs

  • By: Lisa Anne Zilney
  • In: Encyclopedia of Race and Crime
  • Edited by: Helen Taylor Greene & Shaun L. Gabbidon
  • Subject:Race, Ethnicity & Crime, Ethnic Studies

Decriminalization of drugs involves the removal or reduction of criminal penalties associated with the use of specific substances. Full decriminalization occurs when the government does not consider drug use a criminal matter. Partial decriminalization involves some degree of ...

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