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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 for (something)

To allow something to happen or take effect through legislation. The president has been a staunch supporter of healthcare reforms since taking office. Congress has successfully legislated for raising the age at which one is allowed to purchase alcohol.
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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.
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legislate for something

to pass a law that tries to make something happen. The candidate pledged to legislate for tax relief. We support your efforts to legislate for lower taxes.
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References in classic literature ?
Construe either of these articles by the rules which would justify the construction put on the new Constitution, and they vest in the existing Congress a power to legislate in all cases whatsoever.
The chamber will want before long to administrate, and the administrators will want to legislate.
He said to a media question that Parliament legislates and it is also competent to legislate to change the law.
She said the proposals were "sufficiently rigorous" to ensure very few cases will be dealt with under the divisive element that legislates for the threat of suicide as grounds for abortion.
He said that Parliament legislates and keep vigilant eye on administrations performance.
Thus, whenever a state legislates a law that contradicts the natural law, it has no authority in so doing and performs an act of illicit legislation.