THE heatwave sweeping Britain has triggered a little known Victorian-era by-law allowing the legal consumption of cannabis in beer gardens and outside pubs.
With temperatures hitting 30ºC in urban areas bars and pubs are powerless to stop patrons taking advantage of the loophole, with pavements thronged with the highly stoned.
Chief inspector Emma Bradford of the Metropolitan Police said: “Smoke all you like. We can do nothing to stop you.
“When Gladstone made cannabis illegal in 1880 he included an exception in law, knowing from his gap year in Jamaica that it proved crucial for cooling the blood. He never expected it to be used here.
“Sadly, global warming means that Britons can toke the mad reefer without fear of reprisal on our very own streets for the first time since 1976, when we all grooved on the Brotherhood of Man.”
Martin Bishop of Nottingham said: “A pint of strong lager and a fat joint in the midday sun, what could be better?
“Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to go and sit down in the nice, cool bathroom for five minutes before I’m sick.”