People Keep Stealing Colorado’s ‘420’ Mile Marker Sign And This Was The Hilarious Solution

As most know by this point, Colorado legalized marijuana and society collapsed when the clock struck midnight on January 1st. The resulting bedlam has allowed vandals to steal a 420 mile marker sign from the side of the highway to satisfy their own sinister cannabis-fueled needs.

Luckily, the Colorado Department of Transportation is there with a thrifty and creative solution. From Fox News:

Amy Ford of the Colorado Department of Transportation says the “MILE 420” sign near Stratton was stolen for the last time sometime in the last year, and officials replaced it with a sign that says “MILE 419.99.”

The number “420” has long been associated with marijuana, though its origins as shorthand for pot are murky.

Ford says it’s the only “420” sign to be replaced in the state that recently legalized recreational marijuana. Most highways aren’t long enough to need one.

“Obviously people steal these signs,” Ford said, the Denver Post reported. “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,” she said.

Mile 419.99, about 25 miles from the Kansas border, isn’t the only place in Colorado with a fractional mile marker. Cameron Pass in Larimer County has a “MILE 68.5” sign after frequent thefts of the “MILE 69” sign.

That’s fair, balanced and self aware reporting right there. The only problem is that now they’ve reported on this odd looking decimal sign along the highway, I kinda want to go steal. It sounds like a lot of fun and I can even buy some weed while I’m there. Who’s going with me?

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