Marijuana is considered to be a controlled substance in just about every country in the world, thus making it illegal for use, possession, purchase, and transfer in most jurisdictions. However, the legalization of marijuana has been quite the heated debate for the better part of the past two decades. In recent years, there have been some countries that have decriminalized its use under certain circumstances and is strictly regulated.
Furthermore, the subject of marijuana legalization has been an issue due to the fact that it has been proven to have some medicinal applications. The legalization of marijuana for medical use has been allowed in countries such as the Netherlands, Canada, and within certain states in the United States.
The legalization of marijuana has been an issue in the United States in recent decades, though the drug itself has been considered as a controlled substance in 1970 and categorized in Schedule I, which is the one containing the most dangerous drugs in terms of abuse potential. This classification also states that medical use is not found for any substance in the category, yet in recent years, marijuana has been used for medical purposes.
There are several states that have allowed marijuana legalization for medical purposes, totaling at fourteen in number. Some of these states include California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Jersey, and Vermont. However, the complete legalization of marijuana has yet to be achieved in the United States and still a legal issue that is being debated on the political and social platforms.