Hollywood Becomes ‘Hollyweed’: Iconic Sign in Hills Vandalized on New Year’s (Again)

This is what happens when you legalize pot, California

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Some jokester has altered the iconic “Hollywood” sign to read “Hollyweed.” Yes, again.

The vandalization of the Hollywood Hills landmark happened either late last night on New Year’s Eve or early this morning. Here’s a photo of the end-result:

This isn’t the first time such a prank has been pulled on New Year’s. In 1976, college students pulled the same stunt to celebrate a law that, essentially, decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana. Californians approved Prop 64 in November this year, becoming the fifth state to legalize recreational pot.

Security Services Sgt. Trudeau told CBS Los Angeles that the prankster climbed the mountain around midnight Sunday, throwing two tarps over the “O’s” to make them appear like “E’s.” Per the news website, the incident is being investigated as misdemeanor trespassing, and police plan to review video security footage.

There is a cannabis co-op called Hollyweed on Venice Boulevard in Los Angeles — it is currently not clear if this incident has any connection to that business. TheWrap has attempted to contact the marijuana dispensary, though it is not yet open for the day.