Vandals change Hollywood sign to 'Hollyweed'

Pranksters changed the iconic "Hollywood" sign in Los Angeles to read "Hollyweed," Sunday morning, as California enters the first year marijuana will be legal for recreational use by adults.

L.A. residents woke up to New Year's Day prank after Proposition 64 legalized marijuana for adults

Los Angeles residents awoke New Year's Day to find a prankster had altered the famed Hollywood sign to read 'Hollyweed.' California voters in November approved Proposition 64, which legalized the recreational use of marijuana. (Damian Dovarganes/Associated Press)

Vandals changed the iconic "Hollywood" sign in Los Angeles to read "Hollyweed," Sunday morning, as California enters its first year with marijuana legal for recreational use by adults.

It's not the first time the sign has been changed to read "Hollyweed." Variety reports that on New Year's Day in 1976, the sign was also changed to "Hollyweed" when marijuana was first decriminalized in the state.

Though the passage of a November ballot initiative called Proposition 64 legalized recreational marijuana for adults, residents of California will have to wait until after January 1, 2018, when shops will be licensed to sell to buyers without a medical card. Until then, California residents can possess and share marijuana.

According to the Hollywood Sign Trust, the sign was built in 1923 to promote a real estate development called "Hollywoodland."

In the 1940s, the sign was turned over to the City of Los Angeles. The sign was changed from "Hollywoodland" to "Hollywood" in 1949.