January 1, 2018, marked the day that California officially became a “sanctuary state” after a bill Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law in this fall officially took effect.

To start 2018, a unknown citizen activist/artist/humorist hung another set of “welcome” posters under the classic “Welcome to California” signs.

Drivers entering California are being greeted with signs proclaiming the liberal bastion an “OFFICIAL SANCTUARY STATE,” according to photos and videos circulating on social media appearing to show a prankster attached the official-looking blue signs just below legitimate “Welcome to California” markers.

The sanctuary state sign, which adds “Felons, Illegals and MS13 [gang members] welcome,” is similar to one hung up by a Malibu activist last year.

“Democrats Need The Votes!” reads a message on the signs, which are plastered with the Great Seal of California and a donkey, one of the symbols of the Democratic Party.

Malibu had its own version:

The signs are now being removed.

One sign was found and promptly removed Monday on Interstate 15 near Mountain Pass, just west of the California-Nevada border. Another was removed from I-40 in the Needles area near the California-Nevada border. Caltrans has also received unconfirmed reports of up to three more fake signs — two of which are reported to be near the Oregon border — but they have not yet been able to verify the existence of those.

Caltrans spokesperson Mark Dinger said the signs were made of paper, and had been placed over an existing sign that listed emergency contact information and phone numbers.

“For safety reasons, Caltrans does not permit any unauthorized signs in the state right of way,” Dinger said. “If we haven’t done so already, Caltrans crews will take steps to remove them.”

In addition to codifying the “Sanctuary State” status, California also unleashed many other new regulations on its populace this New Year’s Day. Perhaps the most celebrated is the new legal pot rule.

Hundreds of customers — everyone from older people in leisure suits to a young man in pajamas got in line — waited upwards of an hour to buy such things as pre-rolled joints to topical creams and foods infused with marijuana.

Urbn Leaf, which operates stores in Bay Park and Golden Hill, rented a 40-foot bus to bring customers in from a bar in Pacific Beach. The company also had 31 drivers making deliveries in San Diego, which is currently the only part of the county where recreational cannabis can be sold.

“We can deliver marijuana in 20 minutes; it’s like pizza,” said Will Senn, co-founder of Urbn Leaf.

He surveyed the line outside of his Bay Park store and said, “This is crazy. We hoped for big crowds, and prepared. But we didn’t expect this.”

By noon Monday, the store had served more than 350 customers, more than it serves all day.

I wonder what type of art this new law will inspire!