Weed lovers in UK and Australia could be celebrating soon

More and more Americans are supporting marijuana legalization — and it's a fight that is picking up steam around the world.

And now, it looks like the UK and Australia could join the growing list of countries loosening the grip on marijuana use.

So what brought marijuana legalization to the front of the debate in both of these countries? Here's a closer look: 

United Kingdom

In the UK, a petition to legalize the use, sale and production of marijuana has gathered nearly 160,000 signatures in just five days.

Petitions with over 100,000 signatures must be considered by Parliament according to British law, meaning that legislators must now prepare themselves to debate the drug's legalization.

The online petition, created by James Richard Owen, argues that legalizing cannabis could bring in 900 million pounds ($1.4 billion) in taxes every year, save 400 million pounds ($622 million) on policing cannabis...

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