BRITAIN’S biggest horticultural campaign has introduced an award for Best Grow Room.
The scheme had previously been limited to legal plants, but organisers decided that marijuana can be aesthetically pleasing.
A Royal Horticultural Society spokesman said: “Britain is home to some of the world’s most dedicated weed growers who are constantly innovating in the world of hydroponics.
“A lot of these growers are working will minimal resources, often just in their own loft, basement or airing cupboard.
“But they produce outstanding crops, with big sticky buds covered in orange crystals.”
28-year-old Stephen Malley has a grow room in the Easton area of Bristol: “I’m proud of my crop and it’s great to finally get a bit of recognition from someone other than the police.
“Ideally I’d like to get school parties in here on a weekly basis to help with weighing and to learn about the many uses of hemp.”
The RHS spokesman said: “We’re often associated with aspirational Cotswold villages, but cannabis cultivation is an area of horticulture where urban areas often excel.
“Walk down any quiet back street in a city and you’ll get the distinctive, pungent waft of skunk from a house with all the curtains drawn.
“It’s part of our national identity, like cream teas.”