Potheads Steal ‘420’ Mile Markers in Colorado

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January 12, 2014 3:39pm PST

The Colorado Department of Transportation has a strange problem.

After it became legal to purchase marijuana from select retailers in Colorado on January 1, thieves started stealing the 420 mile marker signs posted along Colorado’s roadways.

(See More: Coming Soon: Marijuana Smoking “Clubs”?)

The Department of Transportation noticed that the “mile 420” signs would get taken every time a new one would go up, so they have began rolling out “mile 419.99” signs.

Amy Ford of the Colorado Department of Transportation said:

“So this is our way to test it out.  So far it’s working, It’s a traffic safety thing. It’s a helpful thing to have these signs on the road. But people kept ripping them off.”

Ford told the Denver Post:

“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,” she said.

It seemed to me that most people applaud the idea so I tweeted the photos to collect reactions for this article:

I’ll be the first one to say that for all of the government inefficiency and lack of innovation we see and report on, this idea and solution made me laugh. But if you think the federal government could come up with a creative solution to solve a problem like this, don’t hold your breath.

What are you thoughts on these signs and the final decision that was made to change them to “419.99” signs?

Let us know below in the comments section below.

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