Decriminalization points to a policy of reduced penalties for cannabis offenses. This typically involves civil liability for small amounts (similar to how a minor traffic violation is treated) rather than criminal prosecution or the threat of arrest.
In the USA, certain arguments were put forward to decriminalize marijuana. Some of these are the following:
- Economic – Decriminalizing cannabis could increase tax collection since cannabis cultivation will become a registered business.
- Health benefits – Cannabis consumption helps certain patients to alleviate the symptoms of any disease, such as pain and anorexia.