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For the first time in over 40 years, the public opinion over the green leaf has shifted to supporting the legalization of the controversial hallucinogen. A national poll shows that over 50 percent of Americans want to legalize the happy trees, a first since the question was originally asked in 1969.

A Pew Research Center poll released Thursday (April 4) showed that 52 percent of Americans are in favor of legalization versus 45 percent who oppose the measure. In comparison to a Gallup poll from 1969, 84 percent of the country negatively responded to the idea of legalization. The survey was conducted March 13-17 among 1,501 adults, and found that young people are the largest in support.

The poll also showed that a high percentage of those surveyed have tried kush, totaling 48 percent.  Ten years ago a survey showed just 38 percent tried the chronic, detailing a relaxed attitude surrounding bud. On the political front, Republicans and Democrats largely agree on decriminalization efforts, but are still divided over legalization. Last year, Colorado and Washington became the latest states to put legalizing smoke into law and boosts the upward trend of acceptance.

However, the war on the indo smoke continues elsewhere. In Texas, 3.9 tons of the funky stuff was nabbed in a routine traffic stop. The value of the haul was estimated by authorities at $3.4 million.

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