Hollywood Sign in LA Vandalized to Read ‘Hollyweed’

January 1, 2017 Updated: January 1, 2017

The iconic “Hollywood” sign in Los Angeles was altered on New Year’s night to read “Hollyweed,” apparently in reference to California’s passing of Proposition 64, which legalized marijuana in the state as of Jan. 1, 2017.

According to ABC7, the sign was vandalized at around 3 a.m. local time by a male suspect who was captured on surveillance video. Lt. Guy Juneau of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Security Services Division said the vandal climbed Mount Lee and jumped over the fence before climbing on each letter, draping black tarps over them, changing “wood to “weed.”

If he’s arrested, the suspect would face a misdemeanor trespassing charge.

“I thought we came to see the Hollywood sign, not the ‘Hollyweed’ sign,” said tourist Bruce Quinn. “But hey, it’s OK with me.”

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the prank.

It’s not the first time this has happened.

The Hollywood sign is seen vandalized Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. Los Angeles residents awoke New Year's Day to find a prankster had altered the famed Hollywood sign to read "HOLLYWeeD." Police have also notified the city's Department of General Services, whose officers patrol Griffith Park and the area of the rugged Hollywood Hills near the sign. California voters in November approved Proposition 64, which legalized the recreational use of marijuana, beginning in 2018. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
The Hollywood sign is seen vandalized Jan. 1, 2017. Los Angeles residents awoke New Year’s Day to find a prankster had altered the famed Hollywood sign to read “HOLLYWeeD.” (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

On Jan. 1, 1976, Cal State Northridge arts student Danny Finegood changed the sign to read “Hollyweed” after California relaxed its marijuana laws.

The sign, first put up in 1923 as an advertisement, originally read as “Hollywoodland” before it was shortened.