What Will Happen If People Keep Stealing 420 Road Signs?
States with legal cannabis have known this to be a problem for years, but for newly legalized states, 420 road sign theft something totally new.
There is something special about the cannabis community’s affinity for the number 420. So much so that 420 road signs across the country are being taken whenever possible. States with legal recreational cannabis have known this to be a problem for years, but for newly legalized states, this is something totally new to them.
Will this lead to the elimination of 420 road signs altogether?
The trend isn’t just about the number 420 anymore, with many states report that any sign that even hints at cannabis is often the victim of thieves. Road signs like “Merijane Road” in Alaska are just waiting to be targeted by the nighttime sign thieves of the stoner community.
With transportation agencies across the country becoming aware of this trend that seems to be increasing in popularity, it’s only a matter of time until a solution is set forward. As seen in the image above, Colorado is already enacting some pretty hilarious attempts at swaying thieves away from taking highway signs.
Obviously people steal these signs. In the past, if a sign was stolen too much, we wouldn’t replace it. This is sort of an innovative way for us to keep the sign there. – Amy Ford, Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman
It seems that the trend has even passed into non-cannabis friendly states like Idaho, where transportation officials were forced to make a similar move as Colorado, changing a 420 sign to 419.9 along Highway 95.
Having a sign removed from a highway is pretty rare. In Idaho, people will shoot at them or write on them before stealing them completely. We spend more time mending signs than replacing them. – Adam Rush, Idaho Transportation Department
Comprehensive map of 420 signs
For some reason, the Washington Post thought it’d be a great idea to make a US map with every 420 highway sign geographically identified. So next time you find yourself on a road trip, make sure to check this map and snap a selfie with a 420 sign!
We shouldn’t have the tell you this, but a picture is all you need. Because if the cannabis community continues this trend, the whole united states will be filled with 419 signs, and how lame is that?