If we instead define decriminalization as “the reduction or repeal of criminal penalties imposed for the use, growth, refinement, sale, and/or possession of cannabis while cannabis remains illegal or unregulated by the state,” then we could stay in that limbo forever. Others would want to join us, I guarantee it.
The total effect of decriminalization on the criminal justice system,then, has been one of reduced resources and funds spent onupholding possession laws, processing possession cases through thecourt system, and possibly reducing the likelihood that theattitudes toward the criminal justice system (as they apply to cannabislaws) would be negatively affected.
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Legalization refers to the repeal or abolishment of laws that prohibit the use, sale and possession of cannabis and/or the establishment of new legislation that permits use under certain conditions or restrictions. Decriminalization is the reduction or repeal of criminal penalties imposed for the use, sale, and/or possession of cannabis while cannabis remains illegal or unregulated by the state.