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legislate against (something)

To ban, prohibit, or forbid something through legislation. As it stands, over 20 states still legislate against recreational marijuana, despite the federal government lifting its own ban earlier this year. I just don't think the government should legislate against things like cheap junk food.
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legislate against something

to prohibit something; to pass a law against something. You can't just legislate against something. You have to explain to people why they shouldn't do it. The Congress has just legislated against insolvent banks.
See also: legislate
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One can't legislate against absolutely everything but we're going to review what happened, what may have caused it, and what we may be able to do to reduce the risk of it happening again.
But isn't a government expected to legislate against these excesses?
MCC is not trying to legislate against those players, but rather the new materials that could give them an unfair advantage," he said.
With regards to the mistake over the Navy laptop, Foreign Secretary David Miliband has said it is impossible to legislate against human error.
In short, you cannot legislate against human error or malpractice.
In a world where we are led to believe that youth is everything, and in a year when we had to legislate against ageism, the Oscars proved that age is no deterrent to screen greatness.
Yet, although the Liberal governments of 1868 and 1880 took up aspects of land and parliamentary reform, especially in Ireland, Mr Gladstone resolutely refused to legislate against the power of the House of Lords, however obstructive it was to other Liberal measures of reform.
Texas wildlife officials are unprepared to legislate against Underwood's unprecedented proposal, but said they may mold existing laws to regulate Internet hunting.
This draft Directive, agreed at the Social Affairs Council on December 7, completes a four-part package of measures to legislate against harmful agents at work - the others being exposure to noise, mechanical vibration, and electro-magnetic fields and waves.
The vulnerability is total now, the helplessness so far beyond repair that no one even makes the effort; one might as well legislate against oxygen.
Any attempt by government to legislate against smoking in pubs, clubs and restaurants will be strongly resisted.
Her recommendation that teachers be aware of alternative (or relational) aggressions is on the mark considering how much pain they cause and how they may color later development, but her suggestion that the state legislate against common, nonviolent youth behaviors seems a bit extreme.
No nation can be required to legislate against the interests of its citizens.