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 now regarded as victimless crimes, such as the consumption of illegal drugs (see Drug legalization). It should be contrasted with decriminalization, which removes criminal charges from an action, but leaves intact associated laws and regulations.

Proponents of libertarianism support legalization of victimless crimes.

See also

*Arguments for and against drug prohibition

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