In a state that legalized marijuana, one would least expect Colorado to not join the anti-smoking push that is under way across the country. In Golden, CO the city council has just approved an ordinance to limit tobacco use in public spaces.
Ordinance 1985 prohibits smoking in outdoor city-owned property, which includes city parks, trails, Fossil Trace Golf Course, Clear Creek RV Park, and public events on any city street or right of way. The ban also extends to public sidewalks and rights of way in the downtown area.
The city attorney, Mathew Munch states, “In the downtown area, that radius alone largely renders the downtown area a non-smoking area”.
The ordinance takes effect January 1, 2015. The first violation carries a warning, each addition violation carries a $50.00 fine.
Golden, CO is home to 19,000 residents over 9 square miles. It is located 15 miles west of Denver, CO.