The literary meaning of legalization is The process of certifying a document so that it will be recognized by the legal system of a foreign country. 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 victim-less crimes. Those opposed to the legalizing of any particular behavior, action, substance or item will claim that legalization will bring benefits to individuals at the expense of the common good. Legalization 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 what they regard as victim-less crimes.