1. decriminalize

Today we are going to learn “decriminalize”. When a criminal offence is decriminalized, the law changes so that it is no longer a criminal offence.
(1) The New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.
(2) France’s Interior Minister said that the country would like to decriminalize marijuana possession by September.

2. sham

Another word is “sham”.Here it is an adjective, meaning that something is made to appear real in order to deceive people
(1) Venezuela’s president has declared a sweeping victory in a vote that much of the world – and many of his own citizens – have called a “sham” election.
(2) Eastern European crime gangs are repeatedly forcing trafficked women into sexual exploitation and sham marriages, a BBC investigation found.