Riyadh - With a bumper combustibles harvest just in the King of Saudi Arabia has decided to turn back the clock and permit the nation's women to light up again.
Announcing the change in law King Abdullah said the move would make the nation's five million wives, concubines, girlfriends and hourly comfort women a lot more fun at last.
He cited ancient prophetic texts that described how the nation's religious icons 'had once shared makeshift bongs in the desert' with their female folk.
"A lot of stuff you guys don't know about used to happen in those smoky Bedu tents after nightfall," the monarch told the religious hard right opposed to female freedoms.
"Besides, the change in law will mean hard-up bachelors will no longer have to solicit humble camels on the desert," Abdullah added with a wink, "being the only other species permitted to indulge in the nation's exotic crops."
The announcement was met with surprise in far flung corners of the oil-rich realm where women have been lighting up in secret since the year dot.
'WTF?' or equivalent acronyms in Arabic seemed to be the response of the day.
The new law comes into farce this Thursday.