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Hemp hero changes Hollywood sign to read ‘Hollyweed’

Call it a pot prank.


Josh Katzowitz

Internet Culture

Posted on Jan 1, 2017   Updated on May 25, 2021, 7:16 am CDT

On Jan. 1, 1976, the vaunted Hollywood sign was altered to read “Hollyweed” to celebrate loosened marijuana laws in the state of California.

Exactly 41 years later, the same stunt was pulled to celebrate California legalizing weed.

An official told CBS Los Angeles that somebody climbed the mountain around midnight Sunday and threw two tarps over the O’s to make them look like E’s. Similarly, Danny Finegood, a Cal State Northridge art major, used curtains to pull off the same effect in 1976.

The incident is being investigated as a misdemeanor trespassing, and apparently there is security video of the incident.

For some, the vandalism meant that 2017 was already off to a better start than 2016.

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*First Published: Jan 1, 2017, 12:00 pm CST