Man arrested for 'Hollyweed' sign change prank

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The Hollyweed sign (Newshub.)

Los Angeles police have kicked off the year with a "Hollyweed" bust.

Zachary Cole Fernandez, 30, was arrested on Monday (local time) after changing the letters of the famous Hollywood sign over New Year's Eve to 'Hollyweed'.

But it's not the first time the sign has read that way.

On New Year's Day, 1976, Hollywood resident Daniel N. Finegood was the first to have the idea that the sign could also celebrate pot.

Fernandez had previously claimed responsibility for the name change in an interview with Vice - saying he had repeated the prank to "bring positivity into the world".

However, police are not amused. Fernandez has been booked on suspicion of misdemeanour trespassing.

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