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Legalized Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Legalize \Le"gal*ize\ (l[=e]"gal*[imac]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Legalized (-[imac]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. Legalizing (-[imac]`z[i^]ng).] [Cf. F. l['e]galiser.]
  1. To make legal.
  2. (Theol.) To interpret or apply in a legal spirit.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Legalized'

Legalization is the process of removing a legal prohibition against something which is currently not legal.

Legalization is a process often applied to what are regarded, by those working towards legalization, as victimless crimes, of which one example is the consumption of illegal drugs (see Drug legalization).

Those opposed to the legalizing of any particular behaviour, action, substance or item will demonstrate that legalization will bring benefits to individuals at the expense of the common good. Taking the above example of drug legalization, those opposed will cite the cost of drug use to a user's children, parents, friends, work colleagues, victims of drugged driving and also to a society's health system.

Legalization should be contrasted with decriminalization, which removes criminal charges from an action, but leaves intact associated laws and regulations.

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  • Legalized pot's growing pains
    Chaos is often the norm at the start of a new industry, and legal marijuana's launch on Main Street in Vancouver's Uptown Village is no exception. Read more on this news related to 'Legalized'
  • Minnesota And Medical Marijuana: Lawyers Seek Court’s Consent To Work With Pot Businesses
    Minnesota’s newly passed medical marijuana law legalized pot for the treatment of certain ailments and permits two marijuana manufacturers and four dispensaries to operate in the state. Read more on this news related to 'Legalized'
  • Feds need a coherent weed policy, say Colorado and Washington senators
    Concerned that federal policies toward marijuana usage in states that have legalized the drug often are "at odds with one another," the four U.S. senators from Colorado and Washington state are asking the White House to intervene and establish "consistent and uniform" guidelines across the administration. Read more on this news related to 'Legalized'

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