Molly Winter, downtown and University Hill management division director, said the city will allow for a transition before police officers start writing tickets, which could carry fines of up to $500 for the first two offenses within two years.
A third offense in two years could result in a fine of up to $1,000 and up to 90 days in jail.
Now how utterly "progressive"! Boulder is in a state that just legalized recreational marijuana. .
Several people spoke in opposition to the ban at the meeting Tuesday night.
Ah, Democracy Schmocracy...who needs it when we have health advisory bureaucrats and lobbyists? They are, after all, the all knowing and sole arbiters of what's good for everyone; hence, why do we even need elected officials anymore when we have the Neo Do-Gooders of (Counter) Do Gooderism to guide our officials on how to vote? Such measures are not draconian; they are necessary for the "health" of the state after all.
"It's easy to imagine someone's vacation being ruined by a $500 fine and going home and telling people, 'Don't go to Boulder,'"....
Gee, you think? I guess they're just assuming that they'll make up for the loss in tourism dollars by investing in pot tourism; but that's assuming that there will be no tobacco smokers amongst the marijuana enthusiasts. In trying to understand the utter insanity of this measure, it dawns on me that maybe this is merely a reaction to keep all smokers away, now that there is yet one more smoking demographic to deal with out in the open.
One thing is for certain: this has nothing to do with health.
Boulder Bans Smoking On Pearl Street Mall