Thien-Son TonProf. Sule English 1301 15 December 2017The Legalization of MarijuanaAccording to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, marijuana is the most common illegal drug used in the United States. Due to its popularity in the states, the most heated topic about the drug is if it should be legalized in the United States. Many of the people that believe marijuana should be legalized is to use the drug recreationally, while the other percentage of people deem the medication will help in the medical field as well as the economy. The drug, marijuana, should be legalized in the United States to serve as a necessary medicine in the medical department and the drug will assist with the socioeconomic status of the country.Marijuana or Cannabis sativa has been around for thousands of years originating from Asia, and the drug then made its way over to North America in the very early 1900s according to LiveScience. The use of cannabis has remained the same for thousands of years, for the most part, it was widely used for medicine and spiritual purposes,” during pre-modern times, said Warf, a professor of geography at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. The Vikings and medieval Germans used cannabis for relieving pain during childbirth and for toothaches. Marijuana is still used in hospitals today as explained by the National Institute of Drug Abuse; it can be taken orally to treat nausea, pain, and a multitude of illnesses and their respective effects.Marijuana described as a greenish-grey dried up plant, commonly seen as a leaf with five connected leaves called the fan leaves. Many names afflict with Cannabis sativa, such as weed, pot, grass, Mary Jane, and an extensive number of other slang terms. It is common to see people smoke it in hand-rolled cigarettes called joints, in pipes, vaporizers, bongs, or in blunts. The drug can be mixed into foods known as edibles; incorporated into brownies, cookies, or other sweets. Marijuana can even be brewed into a tea for medical purposes. In states where marijuana is still illegal, regular people usually buy the drug from a local drug dealer while in states where it is legal there are stores that sell them legally.