Marijuana, or more commonly known as weed in English vernacular, is a plant that has been smoked for religious and recreational purposes for generations. Over the course of years, it has been classified as a drug and been made illegal in most parts of the world. The question we propose today, is if this is ethically right or wrong. What kind of effects does this have on our society, and should it be an okay practice or not. First of all, we must compare it to the other drugs and narcotics that have been made illegal, such as methamphetamine or heroine. Both of these controlled substances are highly toxic, addictive, and can also be lethal in high doses. These factors create a dangerous substance, especially when related to the black market. Weed is none of these. There is no lethal dose, and it is not physically addictive, the only addiction that can come from is habitual, which means no real physical withdrawals. Weed is also controversal because despite it being a smoked substance, which is never good for the body, it has some medical merit, especially since smoking it is not the only form of ingestion. THC, the ingredient typically associated with weed, can be put into food, balms, and even vaporized. Recently, an other compound, CBD, has been found to help with many medical ailments. Cancer patients have been at the forefront of its legalization for years now, citing that it gives them an appetite to eat, which is crucial when undergoing chemotherapy, as well as relieving some of the nausea and allowing for a small mental break, even just allowing them to laugh for a while and not think about their disease. With all these things cited, it becomes difficult to understand why it is still mostly illegal. There are many theories, with some of the chief ones being that pharmaceutical companies stand to lose a significant amount of money because of the fact that it is a plant and can be essentially grown by anyone. Prohibitionist policies have also created a black market for the product which has also created crime as a byproduct. This creatives a volatile environment that has been the center of a lot of debate and controversy. Can legalization stop these things from happening? Will it help the sick? Well, some parts of the world have already began the process of medical legalization as well as recreational. As previously stated, most medical patients sing the praises of the plant. Not only that, but crime is proven to be reduced with the legalization. The other pro that places that have legalized it have found is an increase in tax revenue, which has been then used to improve the cities. So not only does it reduce crime, but it can also generate money, by pulling it out of the black market and putting it into programs that need more funding, such as schools or even roads. The situation may not be quite black and white, but it definitely needs to be studied more.