Our country is facing one of the worst dilemmas of the century, and it seems like the whole of the country is getting divided based on it. The discussions regarding whether to legalize the use of marijuana, although quite old, have found importance in recent years due to the increasing number of states that are legalizing it. Up to now around twenty states, have either legalized it, or are in the final stages of the legalization procedure. Recent polls that were conducted on the subject, all pointed at the changing perceptions of the average American citizen. It also spoke of a growing trend, favoring of the legalization of marijuana. Most news outlets and research analysts are saying that marijuana will be legalized all over the country within a decade or so. It must be noted that marijuana, although known primarily for its recreational uses, is a very effective painkilling drug.