“No system works 100 percent, but we do know that decriminalization is the number one thing we have to do first,” said Kinkaid.
There are advocates for decriminalization and working to remove the stigma associated with addiction.
Collins argues for the decriminalization of drugs, which he calls a “far more effective tool.”
1963, "to reform a criminal," back-formation from decriminalization. Meaning "to make legal something that formerly had been illegal" was in use by 1970 (there are isolated instances back to 1867). Related: Decriminalized; decriminalizing.