By Andrew Young and Stephen Adams for The Mail on Sunday
Published: 23:41 BST, 20 April 2019 | Updated: 23:46 BST, 20 April 2019
Police voiced their concerns as thousands of people openly smoked cannabis yesterday – but they were only worried about the drug-users getting sunburnt in the heatwave.
In an extraordinary scene at London’s Hyde Park, officers did nothing while a crowd estimated at more than 5,000 gathered to campaign for the legalisation of the Class B drug.
Police signs proclaiming ‘Cannabis is illegal’ and ‘Anyone found in possession of drugs faces arrest and prosecution’ were entirely disregarded.
People in Hyde Park defiantly smoke marijuana at a drugs rally to call on the Government to legalise the Class B drug at one of the world's biggest celebrations of cannabis on 420 day
Even though the law says anyone found in possession of the drug can be jailed for up to five years, and if found guilty of dealing for 14 years, officers said it was a good opportunity to have ‘a chat and a laugh’ with drugs users