Colorado's '420' Mile Marker Now Reads '419.99'

Sign kept getting stolen in state that legalized recreational pot

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 11, 2014 4:20 PM CST

(Newser) – On Interstate 70 in Colorado, the sign marking mile 420 kept getting stolen by what the Denver Post calls "sticky-fingered stoners." Now, Colorado, which recently legalized recreational pot, has come up with what it calls an "innovative solution" to the problem: There's no more 420 sign on the highway at all. Instead, the state's transportation department has installed a sign marking mile 419.99, the Post reports. The number 420 has long been linked to marijuana for reasons that aren't totally clear, the AP notes. (By the way, if you're looking for the "Mile 69" sign on Larimer County's Cameron Pass, you may be disappointed: It's been replaced with "Mile 68.5," Fox News reports.)

This Sept. 1, 2010 file photo shows marijuana plants under grow lights at a growing operation for a marijuana center  in Denver, Colo.
This Sept. 1, 2010 file photo shows marijuana plants under grow lights at a growing operation for a marijuana center in Denver, Colo.   (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)
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