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The Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act went into effect on July 1, 2006, making all restaurants and bars 100% smokefree. Visit SmokeFree Colorado to learn more about the law, the benefits of smokefree air, and answers to frequently asked questions. Workplaces with three or fewer employees and cigar bars are exempt, but it is a strong step forward in protecting public health. Thousands of workers in Colorado are now protected from secondhand smoke. In addition, local cities and counties in Colorado may still pass stronger smokefree laws at the local level.

During the 2007 legislative session, the Legislature also passed House Bill 1269 which made all Colorado non-tribal casinos 100% smokefree.

Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Colorado.

2014 State Legislative Session: 1/8/2014 - 5/7/2014 (Est.)

State Quitline Number: 1-800-639-QUIT (7848)

SmokeFreeColorado Help Line: 1-888-701-2006

American Cancer Society Quitline: 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669)

Smokefree & Related News

Letter: Proud to be a legalization 'Nimby'
Pueblo Chieftain - September 20, 2014

As I recall, Mr. Stealey attempted to ridicule and belittle supporters of the ban, but ... to pass the ban, making our city the first in Colorado to become smoke-free.

Corrections: September 18, 2014
New York Times - September 18, 2014

The statement - "It is illegal to consume marijuana in public. Smoking or consuming marijuana is prohibited in all areas of Coors Field, including the designated smoking areas" - is on the website of the Colorado Rockies baseball team, which plays at...

Smoking and public spaces
Boulder Daily Camera - September 18, 2014

This week, the Louisville City Council passed an ordinance that will ban e-cigarette use in public places where smoking is banned. The city is joining a growing ...

Marijuana industry battling stoner stereotypes
9NEWS.com - September 17, 2014

The city council in Amsterdam has recently voted in favour of introducing a citywide ban on smoking marijuana in public areas. A successful trial ban in the De ...

E-Cigarettes Officially Banned in District 51 Schools
KREX News Channel 5 - September 16, 2014

E-Cigarettes Officially Banned in District 51 Schools ... at Tuesday night's school board meeting by banning all e-cigarette devices from school grounds. ... It was first adopted in 1990 to deal with cigarettes, but now that smoking technology has ...

Louisville pulls the plug on e-cigarettes
Boulder Daily Camera - September 16, 2014

The city staff recommended the outright ban based on the potential health ... "I think the prediction (when the city banned tobacco smoking in public) was that the ...

BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) - A city with one of the state's more ...
CBS Local - September 16, 2014

(CBS4) - A city with one of the state's more stringent smoking bans is ... The ban would affect parks, open spaces, more of downtown and even some sidewalks. ... Smoking is already banned on the popular pedestrian Pearl Street Mall.

Boulder may expand smoking ban
9NEWS.com - September 15, 2014

BOULDER - City officials hope to expand Boulder's smoking ban to include ... and e-cigarettes in the Downtown Boulder Improvement District would be banned.

Boulder poised to expand city's public smoking ban
Mayor Matt Appelbaum: 'It's time for us to catch up'
Boulder Daily Camera - September 14, 2014

In efforts to advance the City Council's goal of "making Boulder as healthy and smoke free as possible," city staff members next week will introduce a proposed ordinance seeking to expand on the city's smoking ban to include nearly all city-controlled parks, open spaces, paths and trails. The ordinance, slated for a study session on Sept. 23, also would ban the smoking of cigarettes, cigars, tobacco pipes and use of electronic "e-cigarettes" in a substantial portion of the city's downtown business improvement district as well as within 15 feet of bus stops and shelters.

EDITORIAL: Smoking and public health
Boulder Daily Camera - September 4, 2014

Most of these cases are preventable deaths, so progress can be made. But the fact that so many are preventable is thanks to the late Dr. Steinfeld and others in the fight against workplace and other public smoking.

Golden Downtown Smoking Ban Will Start Jan. 1
CBS Local - September 1, 2014

GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4) – The city of Golden will ban smoking and electronic cigarettes in its touristy, pedestrian-heavy downtown starting Jan. 1. The ban ...

Golden bans outdoor smoking on downtown sidewalks [VIDEO]
9NEWS.com - August 30, 2014

The Golden City Council voted unanimously to ban smoking on all sidewalks on and around Washington Avenue effective Jan. 1, 2015. This includes all E-cigarettes and vaporizers, too. The ban also includes all city parks, trails and public events. The Fossil Trace Golf Course and Clear Creek RV Park also under the restriction. If a person is caught smoking in these areas, it could result in a $50 fine.

Denver pot tourism guide: Useful info for tokin' travelers
The Cannabist - August 28, 2014

After a decade of smoking dank in Denver, I feel like it's my duty to help people ... reminds everyone that any marijuana use is outright banned on the property.

7 things you need to know about marijuana tourism
Fox News - August 25, 2014

Thats not the case anymore as green has taken on a new meaning with the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington-- and the corresponding increase in tourism to both states. For the purpose of this story, Ill focus on Colorado, but many tips cover both states. Find a quiet spot to light up: You cannot smoke in public or in most hotels so finding a legal spot to light up may be your biggest challenge. Ask your hotel front desk or concierge for smoking clubs, lounges or a safe spot to smoke. If you are out in the mountains, find some open space and go about your business. It may be illegal and land you a fine, but there is a good chance you wont have any issues. Never smoke in your rental car since any intent to drive would lead to a DUI arrest, even if the car is not turned on.

Tochtrop won't endorse in race crucial for control of Colorado Senate
The Denver Post-by Lynn Bartels - July 31, 2014

... said Tochtrop, the longest-serving member of the legislature and a known maverick who has bucked her party on issues such as smoking bans and guns.

TOWN OF BUENA VISTA, COLORADO ORDINANCE NO. 8 ...
Chaffee County Times - July 31, 2014

Tobacco product also includes cloves and any other plant matter or product that is packaged for smoking. (3) Nicotine product means an electronic device or any ...

PA Senator Daylin Leach: What I Learned about Legal Marijuana in ...
Ladybud Magazine - July 29, 2014

And although we did see a few people smoking vape pens on the streets, that was only on Saturday night, and since people also smoke tobacco from vape pens ...

Carroll: Marijuana clubs in Aspen? Yes, we cannabis
Aspen Times – July 29, 2014

Reader LJ Erspamer, a longtime Aspen resident who’s sat on numerous boards, including Planning and Zoning, took quite the issue with last week’s editorial in support of marijuana clubs in Aspen. “Does The Aspen Times want these pot clubs to have tables on the mall to partake in this new endeavor like the Bull Dog Club in Amsterdam?” Erspamer wrote. “Just what does The Aspen Times have in mind for the demographics it wants to attract to our community? What kind of tourist dollars will be invested in our city from this group? Where will our current tourist base go once something like this is approved? Where will the young families go that we are seeing in town this summer?”

Denver Post: No public vaping ban — yet
Salt Lake Tribune - July 28, 2014

But local laws banning the use of e-cigarettes in every place where smoking is ... vape equipment has ill effects that should be the basis of public vaping bans. ... to prohibit vaping and the practice should be banned from government facilities.

Weed-Infused Weddings Are All the Rage in Legal States
Boston.com - July 28, 2014

The story focuses on recent weddings that not only incorporated cannabis buds ... One wedding described in the story featured a cigar/joint bar, while another ...

Weed Weddings Are All The Rage In Colorado
The Frisky - July 28, 2014

Forget an open bar, the coolest way to impress your wedding guests is to pass them a blunt and offer up a plate of THC-laced brownies. That's right, man, weed ...

Sowder: More smoking restrictions on way to City Council
The Coloradoan - July 27, 2014

Fort Collins has long been a leader regarding smoking and our communitys health. In 1984, Fort Collins was the first city in Colorado to pass a comprehensive smoking ordinance limiting smoking in public buildings and requiring restaurants to provide no-smoking sections. In 2003, Fort Collins was one of the first communities in the state to designate bars, restaurants and workplaces as smoke-free. The city's smoking ordinance was amended in 2006 to conform with the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act, which helped the community regulate smoking in all indoor public places. Last year, the ordinance was expanded to prohibit smoking in outdoor dining areas, bar patios and Transforts public transit facilities. On July 15, City Council passed two ordinances to expand our smoking ordinance: As of Saturday, the use of electronic smoking devices (also known as e-cigarettes, hookah pens, etc.) is now prohibited in all public places where conventional smoking is not allowed. Effective Jan. 1, 100 percent of hotel and motel guest rooms must be smoke-free. In October, City Council will consider three more areas for expanded smoking regulations: public parks, trails and natural areas; public events and festivals; and the Old Town area.

Public bans on e-cigarettes are premature
Denver Post - July 27, 2014

New federal rules around electronic cigarettes that ban sales to minors and require disclosure of ingredients are practical and necessary for the increasingly popular smokeless devices. But local laws banning the use of e-cigarettes in every place where smoking is prohibited, such as restaurants, bars or within 20 feet of entrances, are a premature overreaction. Recently, Lakewood and Fort Collins applied their public smoking restrictions to e-cigarettes. Golden, Louisville, Commerce City and Durango are planning on doing the same.

Health briefs: Visiting Nurse Association offers Tobacco Free Group
Steamboat Pilot & Today - July 27, 2014

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is forming a Tobacco Free Group for those who are interested in quitting tobacco for good. The group will ...

Electronic cigarette use restricted starting July 26
Rocky Mountain Collegian - July 24, 2014

Included in the new smoking ban are hotel and motel rooms, which can no longer offer ... In addition to Fort Collins, bans are in place in Edgewater, Lakewood and ... Starting July 26, electronic cigarettes will be banned in all places traditional ...

Summit Middle School students form anti-tobacco task force
Summit Daily News - July 24, 2014

... health effects tobacco has on the body, the different types of tobacco and nicotine products, the ways those products are marketed and the rise of e-cigarettes.

Communities move to regulate where electronic cigarettes ...
The Denver Post - July 22, 2014

Communities move to regulate where electronic cigarettes can be used ... and older, but there are no prohibitions on where they can be used.

Post Poll: Should smoking bans cover e-cigarettes and vaporizers?
The Denver Post - July 22, 2014

... not allowed, while Louisville, Golden, Commerce City and Durango are in various stages of extending their own public smoking bans to e-cigs and vaporizers.

Poll: Coloradans say no to pot in bars
WKRC TV Cincinnati - July 22, 2014

Colorado laws ban smoking pot inside bars and restaurants. Some private marijuana clubs are opening. Fifty-four percent say they support the marijuana law, ...

Health Column: The allure of E-cigarettes
Glenwood Springs Post - July 21, 2014

3 largest tobacco companies in the U.S., have moved to merge in order to bring Lorillard's Blu eCigs to the forefront of the burgeoning e-cigarette market.

Poll: Coloradans say no to pot in bars and clubs
CNN (blog) - July 21, 2014

Voters in the first state to allow the sale of recreational marijuana say pot use should be limited to the home or members-only clubs, with no lighting up in bars or clubs, according to a new poll.

Louisville delays e-cigarette restrictions after users object to potential ban
Boulder Daily Camera - July 16, 2014

E-cigarette and vapor-pen users delivered a clear message to the Louisville City Council this week: "Don't lump us in with smokers." The council reviewed an ordinance Tuesday night that would have revised the city's definition of smoking to more closely

E-Cigarettes To Be Banned In Fort Collins
CBS Local - July 16, 2014

The City of Fort Collins ban on smoking makes no distinction between traditional tobacco ... Those ideas include banning all smoking in public parks or just near ...

Cancer research needs more federal funding, researcher says
Aspen Daily News - July 16, 2014

Farland also opined on the popularity of electronic cigarettes — also known as e-cigs. The technology poses an entirely new threat to people's health that's ...

Council votes unanimously to extend city smoking ban
The Coloradoan - July 15, 2014

Electronic smoking devices will now be banned from all places conventional ... Late last year, council passed a smoking ban for outdoor eating and drinking ...

Pueblo City Council expands places people can smoke pot
KRDO - July 15, 2014

Some city council members pushed for the ordinance to reduce people's exposure to secondhand marijuana smoke because previously smokers were forced to ...

Lakewood bans e-cigarette smoking in public places
The Denver Channel -? July 14, 2014

The Lakewood city council votes unanimously Monday night to prohibit the use of electronic smoking devices in and around public places, ...

Lakewood City Council votes to place e-cigs under tobacco ...
The Denver Post - July 14, 2014

The Lakewood City Council passed an ordinance Monday night to place electronic smoking devices under the tobacco code.

City Council to vote on expansion of smoking ban
The Coloradoan - July 14, 2014

Fort Collins City Council will consider an expansion to the citys smoking ordinance Tuesday, deciding whether electronic cigarettes and 100 percent smoke-free hotel rooms should be included.

Transform Rockford: Health lessons from Colorado
Rockford Register Star - July 13, 2014

City and county officials are actually using Chicago as a model for signage regarding education about indoor use of electronic cigarettes. Chicago's signs use ...

Raid at Denver pot club exposes legal gray area
Las Vegas Sun - Jul 3, 2014

Police raided the Amsterdam-style ...

Fort Collins City Council approves plastic bag fee
Rocky Mountain Collegian July 4, 2014

Additionally, the amendment now bans smoking in all hotel rooms in Fort Collins. However, the majority of places were already making the switch to smoke free.

Fort Collins considered widespread smoking ban
Denver Business Journal - July 3, 2014

Fort Collins will decide later this month whether to enact a widespread ban that would snuff out smoking in the city's hotels and motels, according to the Northern Colorado Business Report. The city council will make a final decision on the ordinance at its July 16 meeting. if approved, the smoking ban also would apply to electronic cigarettes and ...

Raid at pot club raises questions
KTVL - July 3, 2014

DENVER (AP) -- A police raid at an Amsterdam-style private cannabis lounge in Denver is raising questions about where adults can smoke pot in a state that allows recreational marijuana consumption -- but not in public. Denver police say they showed up at Maryjane's Social Club last week to investigate illegal activity. They cited three people for smoking in public. The club's owner was ticketed for violating state laws banning indoor smoking. Marijuana advocates say the club is private -- and because of that, smoking there is legal.

Fort Collins proposes tightening cigarette ban
The Coloradoan - July 2, 2014

Fort Collins enacted its restrictions on smoking in public more than a decade ago, but now the city is looking to close five loopholes the ban doesn't address.

Durango ends marijuana moratorium
Pot businesses line up for licenses
The Durango Herald - July 1, 2014

The end of Durango's moratorium on recreational marijuana operations arrives today with only The city of Durango will begin accepting applications for recreational marijuana licensing at 7:30 a.m. today. However, officials expect it to take several weeks, or even months, to navigate city and state approval processes and begin to sell recreational pot.

Denver approves plan to increase staff to enforce marijuana regulations
The Denver Channel - July 1, 2014

DENVER - The City Council signed off Monday night on Mayor Michael Hancock's plan to increase marijuana enforcement staffing using new tax proceeds.

Lakewood might ban e-cigs, vapes from public spaces
The Cannabist - June 30, 2014

Lakewood City Council will vote soon on whether to add electronic smoking devices to the ordinance that restricts smoking in public places. Electronic cigarettes would join other smoking products that are banned from use in and around public places, including a 25-foot buffer around entryways. Smoking would still be allowed at outdoor patios, such as at a restaurant or bar. Its also being done to facilitate uniform enforcement of smoke-free air laws, to reduce the potential for re-normalizing smoking where tobacco use is prohibited, and to address enforcement of the prohibition of public consumption of marijuana. You cant tell what theyre vaping, Young said. You dont know if theyre using hash oil or a nicotine-based substance, because it doesnt emit an odor.

Fort Collins weighs fee on disposable grocery bags
The Coloradoan - June 29, 2014

Items to be considered include: An ordinance expanding the city's smoking ordinance to prohibit the use of electronic smoking devices, or e-cigarettes, in areas where conventional smoking is prohibited. The ordinance also would require all hotel and motel rooms in the city to be smoke free.

What should we do on our stoner trip to Denver?
Westword - June 26, 2014

After taking a ten-minute chairlift to the top (the rules prohibit smoking but don't mention vape pens), you hop on a marginally controllable sled and shoot yourself ...

Colorado Vape Lounge to Host 4th of July Party with Marijuana Pi?
Complex.com - June 25, 2014

What can be done to make the 4th of July an even bigger celebration? Ad a marijuana pi?. Colorado Springs, Colo.'s Speak Easy Vape Lounge will hold its Freedumb Fest party on Independence Day, which will feature many things, one of them being a weed pi?. Co-owner Matthew Taijeron told the Cannabist the event "will have raffles and lots of free bud, DJs and a marijuana pi? and barbecueyou cant have July Fourth without barbecue." Apparently, you can't have it without copious amounts of marijuana, either.

Golden Considers Downtown Smoking Ban Similar To Boulder's [VIDEO]
CBS Local - June 24, 2014

The city of Golden is considering banning outdoor smoking in the heart of its entertainment district. Some bars and restaurants along Washington Street allow smoking on patios, but some diners have complained the smoke disturbs them. Thats prompted the city to look at a ban on Washington Street from 10th to 14th.

Golden considers ban on smoking downtown
Denver Business Journal - June 24, 2014

The city of Golden is looking into whether to ban smoking outdoors in part of downtown that's home to the city's entertainment district, CBS4 reports.

Pueblo County OKs private pot clubs
Pueblo Chieftain - June 24, 2014

The Pueblo County commissioners approved a few changes to the countys marijuana laws regarding private marijuana clubs. The clubs must comply with the indoor clean air act, which means smoking marijuana must take place on a patio, but because folks arent allowed to smoke in public, the patios must be fenced from public view. Inside, members will be allowed to use vaporizers or consume edibles.

Broader Smoking Ban for Golden?
5280 The Denver Magazine - June 18, 2014

Golden is considering a sweeping ban that could make a large swath of its historic districtand possibly its trails and public eventsoff-limits to smokers. According to the Denver Post, the City Council discussed a potential ordinance last week that would eliminate smoking along a four-block section of Washington Avenue roughly between 10th Street and 14th Street. If approved, the newspaper says the banwhich would include the use of electronic cigarettes and vaporizerswould be even more restrictive than the one in Boulder, which made the Pearl Street Mall smoke-free last year.

Commerce City considers ban on electronic cigarettes in public parks
The Denver Post - June 18, 2014

Commerce City is considering an amendment to the city's existing ban on smoking in public parks and recreation facilities that would outlaw the use of electronic smoking devices in the same areas. Council directed city staff to follow up on the petition by creating a presentation on the health effects of e-cigarettes, or vapor pens. Karen O'Donnell, Commerce City recreation manager, outlined a series of health and social concerns created by the e-cigarettes that included secondhand smoke consumption and allowing an environment where smoking is deemed appropriate.

City not planning to dye or reverse flow of river
The Durango Herald - June 15, 2014

The train's response: Our train rides are nonsmoking. A coal-fired train is nonsmoking? Call it an iron-horse irony, he concludes.

Golden eyes downtown as a smoke-free zone
The Denver Post - June 14, 2014

GOLDEN This city may take a page out of Boulder's strict anti-smoking playbook and designate a large chunk of its historic downtown as a smoke-free zone. Golden's City Council on Thursday night discussed creating an ordinance that would ban smoking, including use of electronic cigarettes and vaporizers, along a four-block section of Washington Avenue.

More police patrols should curb boorish antics on Main Avenue
The Durango Herald - June 8, 2014

... signs declare a 25 mph speed limit and affirm the noise ordinance is enforced. ... “But we will stop the people doing stupid stuff like intentionally smoking out ...

Lessons from Telluride
Cortez Journal - June 7, 2014

... Telluride adopted a 21-page ordinance regulating the industry at a local level. ... Hehir warned that the effects of ingesting marijuana, as opposed to smoking it ...

Mike Sawyer: Jazz event should have a smoking section
Boulder Daily Camera - June 6, 2014

It would be healthy and considerate for Denver's “Jazz in the Park” leadership to protect the health and safety of non-smokers with a NASCAR-like special ...

Celebrating smoke-free public areas
Durango Herald - June 2, 2014

About 75 people met in Rotary Park to celebrate the recent ordinance passed by the Durango City Council banning smoking in city parks, at bus stops, in city playgrounds and on the Animas River Trail or adjacent green ways. With the backdrop of a ...

Lakewood may vote on fate of marijuana stores
The Denver Post - June 2, 2014

Arvada has banned them, and Golden and unincorporated Jefferson County are under ... At a May 19 study session packed with supporters of a ban on all retail ... cultivation, manufacturing, testing, hash oil production and smoking clubs. ... While city council was unanimous in support banning such activities, there was ...

Pueblo City Council informally agrees to allow marijuana clubs
KRDO - May 28, 2014

Pueblo City Council informally agreed to allow private marijuana clubs in city limits. The clubs would have to be private, meaning attendees must be members of the club to get inside. Assistant City Attorney Carla Sikes explained to City Council during Tuesday night's work session that the clubs must be private-member establishments in order to comply with Amendment 64. Under state law, marijuana cannot be consumed openly and publicly. Sikes told council that requiring the clubs be by membership ensures that the city is abiding by state law

Pueblo City Council: No to making hash, no agreement on where pot should be smoked
Pueblo Chieftain - May 28, 2014

But the tougher question should city residents be able to smoke pot on their front porches or in their front yards didnt get resolved. Although the city doesnt allow the sale of recreational pot, council is trying to give city residents guidance on how they can legally use it in the city. Councilmen Steve Nawrocki and Ed Brown, as well as Councilwoman Ami Nawrocki, all spoke up for letting people legally use marijuana anywhere on their property, just like smoking cigarettes or drinking beer.

'Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol' Doesn't Mean Home Use Only
Huffington Post (blog) - May 23, 2014

Amendment 64 contains not one word hinting at a proliferation of commercial establishments open to the public where pot smoking would be encouraged.

E-cig safety remains up in the air
KXRM - May 22, 2014

Vapor Source Owner Jason Casados has been smoke free for five years and vapes. "What it's done for me has really allowed me to continue with that with ...

Fort Collins Considers Banning E-Cigarettes [VIDEO]
CBS Local - May 21, 2014

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) A Northern Colorado community is looking to expand its smoking restrictions, and among the proposals in Fort Collins is a ban on the popular electronic cigarettes. City staff is proposing five ways to make smoking restrictions tighter. One of those ideas is to ban smoking in Old Town Square because its a public, open spot thats popular for people walking and shopping. The city also says current rules fail to address new technology.

Local Doctor Sounds The Alarm About Nicotine Fluid Poisoning [VIDEO]
CBS Local - May 20, 2014

DENVER (CBS4) While federal health officials work to set standards in place for regulating electronic cigarettes on the national level, local officials are warning ...

Pot tourism in Durango?
The Durango Herald - May 20, 2014

Telluride, the nearest Colorado city to have recreational pot shops, has had little visible ... Colorado law explicitly bars smoking or consuming marijuana in ...

Snowmass extends ban on marijuana until 2017
Denver Business Journal - May 20, 2014

Meanwhile, the Aurora City Council gave initial approval to putting an ordinance about a tax on marijuana sales on the November ballot, the Aurora Sentinel ...

Smoking declines continue among most groups
Northern Colorado Business Report - May 16, 2014

In addition, Coloradans are opting to keep their cars and homes smoke-free as well, according to the survey, although low-income populations are less likely to ...

Plans for e-cigarette ban still up in the air
UpNorthLive.com - May 15, 2014

Parks and Recreation Commissioners expressed thoughts and concerns over a proposed ban of e-cigarettes in the Grand Traverse County Civic Center.

Opinion: Like it or not, CSO must abide by Amendment 64
The Cannabist - May 15, 2014

Amendment 64 contains not one word hinting at a proliferation of commercial establishments open to the public where pot smoking would be encouraged.

Colorado pot law bans smoking in public. But what's public?
Los Angeles Times - May 14, 2014

During the campaign to legalize marijuana in Colorado, backers of the drug promised it would be regulated the same as alcohol. Now, however, many Coloradans and pot tourists are discovering that attempting to smoke marijuana outside the privacy of a home is not as easy as going to a bar for a drink. A statewide initiative, approved by voters last year, legalized recreational use of marijuana but bans its "open and public consumption." Marijuana advocates say they werent expecting the definition of "public" to encompass private businesses and large, ticketed events where alcohol flows freely.

City uses some suggestions in draft pot rules
The Durango Herald - May 14, 2014

The Durango City Council and those in the marijuana industry grew a bit closer ... The city of Durango still will ban social clubs, marijuana cultivation and ...

Fort Collins weighs expanded smoking restrictions
The Coloradoan - May 14, 2014

The public is invited to an open house on possible expansions of the city's smoking restrictions scheduled 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 22 at 215 N. Mason Street in the Community Room. Options the city is considering: Prohibit the use of electronic smoking devices in all places where conventional smoking is prohibited Require 100 percent of hotel/motel rooms to be smoke free Ban smoking in all parks, trails and natural areas

Colorado Symphony tries to address Denver's marijuana concerns over Classically Cannabis concernts
The Denver Channel - May 13, 2014

The Colorado Symphony says a series of marijuana-themed fundraising concerts will be invitation only in an attempt to address concerns that audiences were going to break the law by smoking weed in public.

Denver Tries To Nix Pot-Friendly Concerts Based On A Dubious Legal Theory
Forbes - May 13, 2014

Last week Denver officials urged the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (CSO) to call off a a series of cannabis-friendly concerts to be held at Space Gallery, a private event venue on Santa Fe Drive. The city, which is threatening to withhold special-event permits for the concerts, claims allowing ticket holders to consume marijuana in a smoking lounge on the gallerys enclosed patio, as the CSO plans to do, would violate local and state law. Is that true? Arguably not.

Denver asks Colorado Symphony to call off bring-your-own-pot ...
The Denver Post - May 8, 2014

..., but that venue bans marijuana consumption. ... After asking the city to sanction public smoking of pot at the event — Mayor Michael Hancock and other ...

City, county to roll out pot rules
The Durango Herald - May 5, 2014

Discussions may reach new highs Tuesday when the city of Durango and La Plata County holds public hearings on draft retail-marijuana regulations and revised medical marijuana code. The maps indicate allowed zones for recreational pot shops in Bodo Industrial Park, western parts of the city and in Three ... Social clubs are not allowed.

Colorado's newest side trip: Pot
Philly.com - May 4, 2014

Smoking weed was out of the question. Although you do get a whiff or two of reefer as you walk down Denver's 16th Street Mall, smoking is banned in public and we were all staying in nonsmoking rooms. So we concentrated on the edibles, gummy bears and various candy bars. The main difference seemed to be that you could have doses that were portioned out, such as in the gummies, or products that let you determined the dose on your own by how much you swallowed. ...

Longmont's Cinco de Mayo includes cars, Chihuahuas and multi ...
Longmont Daily Times-Call - May 3, 2014

Organizers have said the Longmont festival may be the only Cinco de Mayo event in Colorado that boasts of being alcohol- and tobacco-free, a feature that ...

Cannabis club wins Council appeal, state considers concentrates ...
Colorado Springs Independent - April 30, 2014

KC Stark faced down a Colorado Springs administration bent on closing his downtown social club, triumphing last week when City Council voted 5 to 3 to uphold A64's successful closure appeal to the Planning Commission. The club has been an integral gathering place for marijuana advocates, who saw it as their "Liberty Hall" and marched outside City Hall before the meeting.

Dear Stoner: How do vaporizers and vape pens differ?
Westword - April 30, 2014

Dear Stoner: If the three flowering plants (and the three soon-to-be flowering plants) I have growing as a legal red-card holder yield a very conservative ounce ...

Could recreational marijuana industry surpass ski industry?
Vail Daily News - April 29, 2014

VAIL You have to admire the optimism of Colorados ganjapreneurs who say the states legal pot industry could generate more money than skiing in a few years. Its very much business as usual, Rudolph said. People come to Colorado for a variety of reasons, and skiing is one of them, Rudolph said. Its too early for us know what effect marijuana will have, if any. We have so much to offer our guests that outweigh the legal possession of marijuana. Todd Mitchem calls it opportunity. Mitchem is chief revenue officer of O.penVAPE. They sell what amounts to a one-hitter with a replaceable cannabis cartridge, a pen that gives you a smokefree hit.

Steamboat briefs: Farewell service for Pastor Janet Babish is Sunday
Steamboat Pilot & Today - April 26, 2014

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association would like to remind readers that secondhand smoke and thirdhand smoke (tobacco residue in carpet, ...

Colorado Enjoys Marijuana Legalization
The Weed Blog (blog ) April 25, 2014

Pot smoking was supposed to be allowed only in designated areas, which didn't ... the state's ban on public marijuana use was again ignored — blatantly and ...

Colorado Now Has A Pot-Friendly Property Rental Service. Yes, It's ...
Huffington Post-by Matt Ferner - April 25, 2014

Although there are more hotels loosening up their marijuana rules, the law requires that they keep 75 percent of their rooms smoke-free. Get caught smoking ...

Denver boom in room demand coincides with legal pot
Travel Weekly - April 25, 2014

The impact of marijuana legalization on the Colorado lodging market, which has about 54,000 hotel rooms (approximately the same number as the San ...

Cannabist Q&A: Private clubs/hotels; home-grow help; keeping herb ...
The Cannabist - April 24, 2014

What businesses allow smoking on their premises? ... Clearly you have questions about marijuana, be it a legal concern, a health curiosity, ... sign and agree to a code of conduct before entering her private “bring your own cannabis” club.

Boulder-based Smoker Friendly to open accessories chain ...
The Denver Post - April 24, 2014

Sean Wakefield this week displays some of the glass bongs and other marijuana accessories available at the newly opened Glass Werx in ...

Colorado Enjoys Marijuana Legalization
Drug War Chronicle - April 24, 2014

Pot smoking was supposed to be allowed only in designated areas, which didn't ... the state's ban on public marijuana use was again ignored -- blatantly and ...

New vacation rental that allows pot smoking
9NEWS.com - April 24, 2014

One company is looking to cash in on all the marijuana-smoking visitors that come to ... directed toward visitors that want to enjoy weed without any restrictions.

Gov. Chris Christie, beware those zombie potheads
The Denver Post (blog) - April 24, 2014

It's still illegal to use marijuana in any public space in Colorado. You can't smoke it on the street, in cafes, bars or parks,” the editorial stated. “All things ...

New Manitou Springs spa gets blessing with sacred pipe ceremony
Colorado Springs Gazette - April 23, 2014

Norther Ute Tribal Elder Loya Arrum performs a "Blessing from the Sacred ... She spread tobacco leaves on the ground, doused herself with the water and ...

Colorado Springs City Council gives green light to private marijuana club [VIDEO]
Colorado Springs Gazette - April 23, 2014

City Hall chambers erupted with cheers and about 30 supporters hugged and congratulated each other Tuesday when the Colorado Springs City Council allowed a private downtown club for marijuana smokers to remain open.

Marijuana Policies Debated At HOA Conference [VIDEO]
CBS Local - April 22, 2014

DENVER (CBS4) How to deal with marijuana smoking on private property was the ... Currently most HOAs are treating marijuana as a public nuisance, but as ...

Colorado Rockies Put Up Signs Prohibiting Marijuana in Smoking ...
Bleacher Report - April 22, 2014

Judging by the new signs placed around designated smoking areas at Coors ... of the state's biggest marijuana businesses, has banned on-the-job marijuana ...

Denver 420 celebrates legal pot but not the ban on smoking in public
Alaska Dispatch - April 21, 2014

The annual rally – linked to the pot-smokers "holiday" of April 20 – used to be ... Banning adults from using marijuana virtually anywhere flies in the face of what ...

Police enforce marijuana law at 4/20 rally [VIDEO]
9NEWS.com - April 21, 2014

DENVER - It was the first 4/20 celebration since recreational pot sales became legal in Colorado and tens of thousands of people descended on Civic Center ...

In Colorado, a pot holiday tries to go mainstream
KSDK - April 21, 2014

DENVER (AP) Denver police say they have issued 28 citations for public consumption of marijuana and arrested one person accused of attempting to ...

CU-Boulder quiet on 4/20, police keep campus closed to outsiders
Insurance News Net (press release) - April 20, 2014

1 . However, campus officials noted that consuming marijuana in public or by people who are under 21 is still illegal. Smoking is banned on the Boulder campus.

State officials on responsible 4/20 pot use
Westword (blog) - April 18, 2014

Governor John Hickenlooper recently compared adult marijuana use to drinking a ... This includes indoor and outdoor restaurants and bars, concert venues, ...

Pueblo police chief fears 'contact high' for officers
9NEWS.com - April 18, 2014

There are no clubs yet. The Pueblo City Council recently extended a moratorium for private clubs and pot sales. Chief Velez said if cannabis clubs do become ...

Renters are high on Colorado and Washington
Housing Wire (blog) - April 18, 2014

Colorado and Washington just happen to be the two states where marijuana has recently become legal. That might have been one small factor that sparked the ...

Big Colorado pot business bans drug use at work
Aurora Sentinel - April 17, 2014

DENVER | Workers for one of Colorado's biggest marijuana businesses learned Wednesday they can be fired for smoking pot on the job or using cocaine any ...

Whoopi Goldberg Joins Denver Post as Pot Columnist
Big Hollywood-by Christian Toto - April 17, 2014

Goldberg spent her first column discussing her love for the vape pen, a gadget which helps her deal with the pain associated with having glaucoma. She has ...

What to know about 4/20 celebrations in Colorado
KXRM - April 17, 2014

4/20, the unofficial holiday for pot enthusiasts, is quickly approaching and now officials want the ... This includes indoor and outdoor restaurants and bars, concert venues, sidewalks, parks, ... A police presence is expected near cannabis clubs.

Smoke Inn? Yes, A “Bud N' Breakfast” Set To Open In Denver For ...
Madame Noire - April 17, 2014

There is a new bed and breakfast coming to Denver for marijuana lovers. ... expected to legalize marijuana in some form in the coming years, reports PRNewser.

St. Vrain Valley school lunch prices to increase in fall
Colorado Hometown Weekly - April 16, 2014

The school board also adopted a revised policy that prohibits students' possession of any tobacco product including e-cigarettes on school property.

Grand Junction Hotel Alone in Welcoming Marijuana Smokers
KREX News Channel 5 - April 15, 2014

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Marijuana smoking is banned in the majority of accommodation establishments on the Western Slope, but one Grand Junction hotel stands alone in welcoming pot into their hotel. The Melrose Hotel is trying to stake their claim in Colorados green rush by opening up their patio to pot smokers.

4/20 offers events for smokers or nonsmokers alike in Denver
DU Clarion - April 15, 2014

With April 20 quickly approaching, the slight hint of marijuana is already filling the Denver air. 420, as the day is commonly referred to, is not just marijuana ...

Council lifts pot business ban
Pueblo Chieftain - April 15, 2014

Recreational marijuana growers, product makers and testers can start applying for Pueblo city licenses after June 30, City Council decided Monday night.

World's first cannabis vending machine unveiled in Colorado
The Independent - April 14, 2014

For the moment, the automated dispensary is only for medical marijuana users, ... Similar machines that are held behind bars and operated by a bartender have ...

Vapor Source expands with e-cigs' growth
Pueblo Chieftain - April 13, 2014

Francesca Gettler and her co-workers at Vapor Source didn't need to wait long for the e-cigarette wave to hit. Soon after opening one of the state's first e-cig ...

Nicotine-Device Expansion Signed into Colorado Law
KREX News Channel 5 - April 12, 2014

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill Friday to broaden the definition of tobacco products that are off-limits to minors. The new law bans nicotine-delivery devices for people under 18. Colorado already bans electronic cigarettes for minors.

Marijuana-infused neighbor conflicts: Ways to clear the air
Smoke is in the air
Denver Post - April 12, 2014

Enough of the all-too-distinct-smelling smoke filtering up, somehow, into the apartment she shared with her son and daughter, ages 6 and 3. And now, with marijuana legal for adult recreational use and more available than ever, weed joins the list, whether it's smoke wafting in your windows or a pungent grow operation next door. You may find it offensive, but that neighbor lighting up a joint in his or her backyard is likely not doing anything wrong, legally speaking, as long as they are at least 21 and on their own property

'Bud and breakfast': Denver gets a pot-friendly all-inclusive inn
Denver Business Journal - April 11, 2014

A Denver company is transforming a local guest house into what it calls an all-inclusive "bud and breakfast," offering marijuana and cannabis-infused edibles to guests.

It's official: Denver 4/20 festival organizers get permit
The Denver Post (blog) - April 11, 2014

Civic Center Park in Denver every year gets covered in a cloud of smoke ... City Council did not need to pass an ordinance banning public consumption, nor did ...

Denver Mayor Visits Amsterdam Mayor
WWNO - April 11, 2014

Mayor Hancock, who opposed legalized recreational marijuana in his city, worries about increased crime and health impacts on children and has said the city is ...

Rocky Mountain High or Reefer Madness? The Risks of Colorado's ...
Honolulu Civil Beat - April 11, 2014

I walked through clouds of marijuana smoke Friday night to get to the Denver ... of Colorado — Boulder, which is famous for its annual "4/20" public pot parties.

Nonprofit group aims to get recreational pot on Colorado Springs ...
Colorado Springs Gazette - April 11, 2014

Amendment 64, which legalized recreational marijuana but allowed municipalities to opt in or out of the practice, passed in Colorado Springs by 4,947 votes, ..

Cañon City General Government Committee reviews proposed pot ...
Canon City Daily Record - April 10, 2014

City Attorney John Havens outlined a proposed zoning/land ordinance and a draft ... Unless instructed otherwise, he said the ordinances will go before the ... "I would rather be around somebody smoking pot, than I would someone that is ...

St. Vrain Valley school lunch prices to increase in fall
Longmont Daily Times-Call - April 9, 2014

The school board also adopted a revised policy that prohibits students' possession of any tobacco product — including e-cigarettes — on school property.

Expect Big Changes At This Year's 4/20 Rally
CBS Local - April 9, 2014

Thousands of supporters of legalized marijuana light up at exactly 4:20 p.m in Civic Center Park April 20, 2012 in Denver. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images).

Fewer smokers in Colorado, but more among youth, people of color
North Denver News - April 9, 2014

More Coloradans are opting for smoke-free homes and cars as well, though low-income families are less likely to have smoke-free home rules. Despite the ...

CSU students use E-Cigarettes to quit smoking
Rocky Mountain Collegian - April 8, 2014

On campus, E-cigs are technically considered in the same realm as cigarettes and therefore are still illegal to smoke in the dorms, classrooms, library or in any ...

Electronic cigarettes are an idea whose time has not come
Glenwood Springs Post Independent - April 8, 2014

E-cigarettes come in flavors. You can get them in coffee or mint or orange or strawberry or vanilla or caramel. Of course, they are not being marketed to anyone

Colorado to start spending pot taxes
Scottsbluff Star Herald - April 8, 2014

DENVER (AP) After months of uncertainty about marijuana and its tax potential, Colorado lawmakers start work Tuesday deciding how to spend pot taxes.

Do you want marijuana businesses downtown?
The Durango Herald - April 8, 2014

Durango business owners are closely divided on whether retail pot stores should More than 300 Durango Chamber of Commerce members responded to a survey on the issue last week. The chambers results indicate, at least among some business owners, the location of these businesses could be controversial.

'Constant battle': New smoking-cessation classes on the horizon
Pueblo Chieftain - April 8, 2014

More than 10 percent of the smoking-related deaths from 1964 to 2014 were among nonsmokers who died from diseases caused by exposure to secondhand ...

Fort Collins council eyes smoking ban in hotels, parks
Northern Colorado Business Report - April 7, 2014

he Fort Collins City Council will consider at its meeting Tuesday further restrictions on smoking, including an outright ban on smoking in hotels and motels to protect employees from third-hand smoke. Additionally, the council will consider a ban on smoking at public events. Avon, Winter Park, Arvada, Edgewater, Brighton and Greeley have passed similar bans, ...

Endorsed Pot-Smoking Banned At Denver April 20 Festival, Hopes ...
Headlines & Global News - April 5, 2014

They're also still smarting from a tussle with City Hall over whether they can officially condone smoking pot at the event because public consumption of marijuana remains illegal in Colorado, and are trying to make the once countercultural event part of the state's mainstream, according to CBS. Lopez compared the public pot smoking ban to "cancer-causing tobacco that's used in the park, or hard alcohol that's consumed in other festivals," according to ...

With Pot Legal, Festival Trying To Go Mainstream
Pollstar - April 3, 2014

Tens of thousands smoke marijuana and listen to live music, at the Denver 420 ... Lopez compared the public pot smoking ban to “cancer-causing tobacco that's ...

Rocky Mountain high, or how I spent my family vacation
kdvr.com - April 3, 2014

Editor's note: CNN producer Wendy Sachs decided to try legal pot during her ... boots, skis and poles, as hand warmers and granola bars bulge from my pockets. ... After consulting the Cannabis Club's petite, blonde, 20-something budtender ...

DIA Get Ready for Pot Tourism
Guardian Liberty Voice - April 1, 2014

However, since recreational marijuana became legal in Colorado in January 2014, ... After all, there are bars at the airport where people are hammered before flying. ... states that are considering joining the Mile High city in this exclusive club.

Sean Maher: Boulder made right call on 'social misbehavior'
Daily Camera - March 30, 2014

Since the smoking ban went into effect last year, I have also told dozens of smokers about that rule when I see them light up on the bricks. Some of the people I have talked to over the years are downtown employees. Some are locals who came down for lunch or dinner and some are tourists. Some of them are transients. The vast majority of people from all walks of life say thanks for the heads up and take their dogs off the bricks or put out their cigarettes. My point is that regardless of what I or anyone else thinks of a particular city ordinance, the rules apply to everyone. Most people accept this reality. But not all do. ...

High Holidays
Colorado Independent - March 28, 2014

We do not smoke, we eat and vaporize MJ. ... the pertinent rules and regulations, including smoking bans that are in effect in most, if not all, lodging properties.

Things to do in Denver when... DIY pot tourism for Cheeseheads
Isthmus - March 28, 2014

State taxes from recreational and medical marijuana sales are expected to exceed ... Casselman's Bar is another music club that takes a loud pro-pot stance.

A Colorado guide to retail marijuana
Summit Daily News - March 28, 2014

Anyone 21 and older, with a valid government ID, is allowed to purchase, smoke ... The shops were previously medical marijuana dispensaries and may or may not have chosen to continue to sell medical products in addition to retail products.

No butts about it: Students learn tobacco risks during cigarette cleanup
Colorado Springs Gazette - March 26, 2014

They were picking up the cigarettes as a part of an anti-smoking campaign. ... and not be fooled by misleading, slick tobacco advertising," Wheelan said. Many of ...

State Web site answers pot questions
The Lamar Ledger - March 26, 2014

The State of Colorado launched a new Web site recently to answer common questions about the legalization of adult-use of retail marijuana and the health impacts related to marijuana use.
The Web site -www.colorado.gov/marijuana - includes answers to these types of questions:
Is it legal to consume marijuana in public places? Topics on the Web site include underage use, long-term health impacts, secondhand marijuana smoke exposure, legal and safe use of marijuana, driving while impaired, overuse of marijuana and more.

Alamosa Seniors: Smoking affects more than smoker
Valley Courier - March 26, 2014

Cigarette smoke continues to be a health hazard, even when no one is smoking, this is called third-hand smoke. To keep children safe you should learn what it ...

Pot Tourism: How to Buy Marijuana in Colorado
Fodor's Travel - March 26, 2014

The expansion of pot shops around Colorado seems to be increasing by the day. ... in restaurants, venues, and most bars, was amended to include marijuana. ... Private membershipbased smoke clubs such as iBake Denver and luxury ...

Vaporizing pot pens used to inhale hash, cannabis oil without the ...
WRTV Indianapolis - March 25, 2014

Marijuana vaporizing pens are growing in popularity and although it is against Denver ordinance to smoke pot in public, police have difficulty identifying the odorless products.

Vapor Corp. Chooses Arrae Creative for Promotion at Colorado's Snowball Music Festival
PRNewswire March 25, 2014

Vapor Corp. (OTCQB: VPCO), one of the world's largest suppliers of vaporizers and electronic cigarettes, has selected Arrae Creative Agency as its agency lead for marketing in Colorado's Snowball Music Festival on April 4-6, 2014. Vapor Corp. will be the exclusive electronic cigarettes company at the festival.

Lawmakers aim to curb Colorado tobacco use
Colorado Springs Gazette - March 24, 2014

The conversation about smoking in Colorado isn't focused solely on pot this year. Lawmakers and health officials will also take a stab at curbing nicotine and tobacco use. ...

Is weed helping Colorado's tourism to grow?
Bermuda Sun - March 21, 2014

“I don't know where a person who came to smoke marijuana would smoke it, unless they're in somebody's private ... “Hotels are banning it. We've banned even displaying it on the 16th Street Mall (a downtown promenade) and in our parks.

Fisticuffs over fraud bill while nicotine restriction and guns for charter ...
The Colorado Independent - March 20, 2014
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She said the bill responds to “continued efforts by tobacco companies to market ... “We went a little far and required the same of advertising statements, which ...

Colorado Springs appeals planning commission's approval of marijuana-smoking club
Colorado Springs Gazette - March 21, 2014

The fight over a Colorado Springs club that allows its members to smoke pot is ... a social club was incorrect and such clubs are not allowed on the second floor ...

Visiting Colorado and Marijuana – what toking tourists need to know
North Denver News - March 20, 2014

The law bans all public use of any marijuana product (not just smoking). ... Property owners are allowed to ban the use and possession of marijuana on their ...

Town of Vail says it is still studying retail pot
Vail Daily News - March 20, 2014

In resort towns, visitors can't smoke in their rooms, on the street or on the ... Council member Ludwig Kurz also said his personal preference would be a ban.

If You Lived In Colorado, You Could Legally Buy And Smoke Weed ...
Huffington Post - March 20, 2014

Again, the law bans all public use of any marijuana product, not just smoking. ... Property owners are allowed to ban the use and possession of marijuana on ...

Nicotine device bill advances in Colorado
9NEWS.com - March 20, 2014

The measure has already been approved by the Senate Colorado already bans electronic cigarettes for minors, though Democratic sponsors say the law needs ...

Marijuana education website for Colorado
North Denver News - March 20, 2014

Topics on the website include underage use, long-term health impacts, secondhand marijuana smoke exposure, legal and safe use of marijuana, driving while ...

Colorado won't hike tobacco age to 21
Aurora Sentinel - March 19, 2014

The Democrat who cast the deciding vote against the measure said that 18-year-olds are adults who should be persuaded not to smoke, not banned from ...

Officials: Pot and Snowmass not a good mix
Aspen Times - March 19, 2014

“Personally I think it's time for a smoking ban of any substance,” said board chairman John Borthwick. "It is something that we really do need to get in front of."...

Arvada City Council votes for permanent ban on pot shops
The Cannabist - March 19, 2014

“Out of 300 hundred e-mails, I think one was against a ban. ... retail level also gave cities the option of banning and prohibition,” said Mayor Pro Tem Mark McGoff. ... favor of the ban — mentioning everything from high school students smoking ...

DeGette Asking For Tougher Regulations On E-Cigarettes
CBS Local - March 19, 2014

DENVER (CBS4) – A Colorado Congresswoman is asking for tougher regulations on advertising for electronic cigarettes. Rep. Diana DeGette believes the ...

Law has barrier to pot tourism
Bellingham Herald - March 16, 2014

DENVER A lot of talk about pot tourism has accompanied legalization in Colorado, but visitors to the state face a big hurdle to partaking. I dont know where a person who came to smoke marijuana would smoke it, unless theyre in somebodys private home, Denver City Council President Mary Beth Susman said. Hotels are banning it. Weve banned even displaying it on the 16th Street Mall (a downtown promenade) and in our parks. Just like in Washington, Colorados legalization does not extend to bars, coffee shops or other public places. And unlike cigarettes, you cant simply step outside to smoke. Most hotels are not publicly embracing marijuana. A tourist might have better luck finding pot-friendly accommodations on Airbnb or other websites that connect travelers to private home rentals. But a few businesses are tapping into the market. To find a weed-friendly inn, go west from Denver about 20 miles and drive past jagged cliffs into the town of Morrison, population 430.

4/20 rally organizers hoping for permit OK
Denver Post - March 14, 2014

After rescinding a letter that appeared to the Denver City Council to be a threat to promote public consumption of marijuana, rally organizers have clarified that ...

Denver holds first cannabis job fair
kwgn.com - March 13, 2014

O.Pen VAPE, a national brand in retail pot, held the CannaSearch job fair Thursday at its downtown Denver headquarters at 1058 Delaware St. The event was ...

First-Ever Marijuana Job Fair to Bring at Least 15 Employers
WPRO - March 13, 2014

It's a smoke-free event, and attendees must be 21 or older. "We're planning velvet ropes in front and food for folks," Todd Mitchen, spokesman and chief revenue ...

Recreational marijuana smoking a firing offense? Colorado Bar ...
Westword (blog) - March 13, 2014

The folks at the Colorado Bar Association have weed on their mind. For the December edition of its "Legal Lines" column, the CBA considered whether ...

Nederland candidates cover topics from Dead Guy Days to ...
The Daily Camera - March 13, 2014

Cheryl Fanelli, who owns a local gift shop and last week received the go-ahead to open a private cannabis club in Nederland, was asked how to balance the ..

Downtown marijuana lights debate
The Durango Herald - March 12, 2014

When Alison Dance had some concerns about the parking situation in the alley behind her Second Avenue restaurant and wine bar, she went to speak to the ....

Colorado colleges deny marijuana link to application spike
FOX 9 News - March 13, 2014

Colorado colleges and universities have seen a dramatic jump in applications, including from out of state, following the legalization of marijuana, but officials ...

Legalized Marijuana Poses Questions for Colorado Vacationers 3 ...
KOSA - March 12, 2014

Skiing, snowboarding, smoking marijuana: these are some of the attractions spring ... “Marijuana is legal in Colorado," says Kim Henderson, the prevention ...

Colorado Barber Won't Let Anyone Who Smells Like Marijuana Into ...
Complex.com - March 13, 2014

The legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado has influenced some businesses positively and others negatively, as evidenced by the actions of one ...

Colorado mountain town to open country's first cannabis club
Daily Caller - March 12, 2014

Despite a statewide ban on indoor smoking and a specific ban about smoking marijuana in public, Colorado will be getting its first private cannabis club where people can meet to smoke pot.

Knezovich: Council, its members take on pot, stadium topics
The Coloradoan - March 11, 2014

Eight days ago, the Fort Collins City Council approved the sale of retail marijuana within Fort Collins. Before the vote, council was reminded that public smoking of marijuana would be illegal. So, I guess some citizens will face the dilemma of breaking federal law by smoking weed or breaking a Fort Collins ordinance which prohibits public smoking.

Durango begins looking at pot rules
The Durango Herald - March 11, 2014

Creating regulations for marijuana is rare for public officials, but other cities will be be watching Durangos moves and judging its success. Questions included who should have first chance at a retail license, testing facilities in the city, locating retail outlets, managing residents growing pot for personal use and the definition of open and public consumption.

Committee votes to ban new nicotine products for minors
9NEWS.com - March 11, 2014

DENVER The Marlboro Man and his old-school cigarette have been replaced by celebrities with e-cigarettes. The electronic smoker is tobacco-free but still contains nicotine. It's one of a number of tobacco and/or nicotine products that some state lawmakers say aren't clearly included in the law. "The field is changing in retail with these products," said Rep. Dave Young (D- Greeley). "And we now have products that maybe have nicotine in them that maybe aren't covered by the statues."

District 70 mulls e-cig ban
Pueblo Chieftain - March 11, 2014

As the popularity of electronic cigarettes continues to grow, local school districts are modifying their policies banning them from schools.

Colorado Recreational Weed Sales Top $14 Million In First Month
Huffington Post - March 11, 2014

During the first month of recreational marijuana sales, Colorado's licensed dispensaries generated a total of more than $14 million, putting about $2 million of tax ...

Pot clubs: public or private?
Denver Post - March 10, 2014

The pot-smoking club recently approved for Nederland is the first of its kind that we know of for Colorado a government-sanctioned club for smoking marijuana.

Colorado airs 'Drive High, Get DUI' marijuana ads [VIDEO]
USA TODAY - March 10, 2014

Colorado, the first state with legal recreational marijuana, is rolling out PSAs warning marijuana users about stoned driving. The Colorado Department of ...

Wanna Work With Weed? Marijuana Job Fair in Denver This Week
TIME - March 10, 2014

Your dreams of becoming a budtender could come true this week during CannaSearch, a first-ever weed-related job fair in Denver. This Thursday, March 13, ...

First Boulder County pot cafe to open in Nederland
kdvr.com - March 8, 2014

NEDERLAND, Colo. Boulder County will welcome its first marijuana cafe, set to open in Nederland sometime in the next few weeks. According to Boulders Daily Camera, Club Ned owners, Cheryl Fanelli and her husband, David, announced plans to open a cannabis cafe at 154 Hwy 72 in the next several weeks. The new comes after a 14-month struggle to get both local and state approval, reported the Daily Camera. Described as a private establishment where members can go to smoke pot, ...

Few citations for public pot issued
9NEWS.com - March 6, 2014

DENVER - The latest numbers from the city's police department show a few citations have been issued to people for either possessing marijuana while ...

Dear Stoner: Who has access to patient information?
Westword - March 5, 2014

Dear Stoner: I have Section 8 housing, and I also have my red card. We just got letters from the Denver Housing Authority warning us that marijuana use and possession can get us kicked out of our homes.

Boulder to restore jail time for municipal offenses
'Interfering with traffic,' rule violations like smoking on municipal campus would become crimes
Daily Camera - March 2, 2014

Ordinance changes before the Boulder City Council this Wednesday will restore the possibility of jail time for a host of municipal offenses, from camping to littering, make it a crime under the city code to violate a rule, like the one banning smoking on the municipal campus, and make it a crime carrying possible jail time rather than a traffic offense for panhandlers to interfere with traffic.

Hash oil new wrinkle for bar owners dealing with e-cigarettes in Weld County
Greeley Tribune - March 1, 2014

Many restaurants and bars in Weld County have banned the use of e-cigarettes, owners say, because despite being mostly odorless and smokeless, the water vapor given off by the e-cigarettes is disruptive to other customers. Just because theyre smokeless doesnt mean they dont affect the people around you, said Deb Nelson, owner of the LitL Bit Bar and Grill in Evans. But bothering other customers was only one reason LitL Bit Bar and Grill placed a ban on e-cigarettes recently. A customer was caught using an e-cigarette to smoke hash oil by installing a hash oil cartridge into the device. While many smokers use vapor cigarettes as an aid to quit tobacco, nearly all models of vapor cigarettes can be adapted to smoke hash oil or cannabis with little to no visible modification, said head grower Tucker Eldridge of Natures Herb and Wellness dispensary in Garden City. Hash oil cartridges used in e-cigarettes are popular among medicinal users because they do not have the smell, waste or odor associated with other methods of smoking marijuana, Eldridge said. Additionally, hash oil use in e-cigarettes is more popular with medicinal users than it is with recreational users due to the lower THC dosage. E-cigarette smokers can also purchase cartridges that allow them to smoke marijuana sold in dispensaries, he said. But Colorado law still prohibits their use in public. The marijuana law is very tricky, Nelson said.

Not So Fast: You Still Can't Smoke Pot at Colorado Colleges
U.S. News University - February 28, 2014

Marijuana possession may be legal in Colorado, but colleges across the state continue to ban it from their campuses. Colorado schools are using newsletters ...

Breckinridge Ski Resort Pot-Smoking Shack Blown Up After 'Inside ...
Huffington Post-by David Moye - February 27, 2014

Marijuana is legal in most of Colorado, and the Breckinridge Cannabis Club is near the resort. But smoking pot on the slopes remains illegal because they are ...

Busted: How Do Public Consumption of Marijuana Citations Stack Up?
5280 The Denver Magazine (blog) - February 27, 2014

Denver started 2014 with nine tickets for public consumption of marijuana in 11 ... Before marijuana's inaugural day in recreational storefronts, predictions for ...

Denver officials consider denial of 4/20 permit in Civic Center
Denver Post - February 27, 2014

Organizers want to make this year's Denver 4/20 marijuana rally into a larger-than-ever festival celebrating the first legal pot sales anywhere in the world.

Pueblo County rolling in green?
Pueblo Chieftain - February 25, 2014

The county taxes recreational marijuana sales at a rate of 3.5 percent, ... But in addition to the recreational marijuana tax income, Hamler said the county ...

Council divided over pot sales
Pueblo Chieftain - February 25, 2014

... to even grow their own marijuana by restricting that to single family homes only. ... council set the zoning restrictions so tight for medical marijuana businesses in ... who is growing six plants (the legal limit) or who is smoking on their porch..

Stephenson: Don't let right to make adult decision go up in smoke
The Coloradoan - February 25, 2014

When my sister was a teenager, there was a smoking lounge in her high school. ... machines that sold cigarettes were relegated to places, like bars and casinos ...

CNBC's "Marijuana in America: Colorado Pot Rush" Premieres on ...
CNBC.com - February 24, 2014

History was made on January 1, 2014 when Colorado became not only the first state in the U.S. to legalize the sale of marijuana for recreational use, but the first to legitimize the over-the-counter sale of pot and bud-based products. Despite a thicket of rules and regulations, scores of businesses large and small have set up shop in Colorado, all vying for a share of marijuana's potential riches.

MECC Cares for Kids Protect kids from secondhand smoke
Cortez Journal - February 24, 2014

Secondhand smoke contains over 4000 chemicals including arsenic, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and benzene. Sixty of them are known to cause cancer.

Hookah lounges not happy with proposed bill to raise smoking age
KOAA5 - February 23, 2014

State lawmakers are considering a proposed bill that would raise the smoking age in Colorado to 21, however some tobacco related businesses say the law is unfair and could potentially put them out of business.

Colorado, Utah move to hike smoking age to 21
ReporterNews.com - February 22, 2014

The Washington-based Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids advocates the higher smoking age and argues that it could make a serious dent in tobacco deaths ...

A home worth the fight
Boulder Weekly - February 20, 2014

In January, Longmont Housing Authority adopted a revision to its administrative policy that allows more tolerance for medical marijuana patients — meaning ...

Colorado governor reveals recreational marijuana tax spending plan
The Coloradoan - February 19, 2014

DENVER (AP) Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has announced a plan to start spending nearly $100 million in marijuana tax money, the first signal of how much Colorado is reaping from recreational pot sales and what it plans to spend the money on.

SPECIAL REPORT: Teens using E-Cigs to smoke marijuana
KKCO-TV - February 18, 2014

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. E-Cigarettes or vapor pens are now being used as a drug delivery device. Teens are replacing the nicotine the devices are designed ...

Travel agency sees budding industry in cannabis tours
Schenectady Gazette - February 13, 2014

While Colorado and Washington passed laws legalizing marijuana in 2012, Colorado voters determined how to best regulate and tax the drug in the 2013 ...

Soapbox: Casinos have new options besides smoking bans
The Coloradoan - February 13, 2014

There has been lots of debate about smoking bans in casinos and the impact, both positive and negative. Casino owners are concerned about loss of revenue if ...

Colorado bill targets nicotine use by youths
Denver Post February 13, 2014

Alarmed that current tobacco law doesn't adequately keep nicotine out of the hands of youths, a Colorado Senate committee voted Wednesday to expand the definition of tobacco products that are off-limits to minors...

Limits on marijuana advertising land Colorado in court
Owen Sound - February 12, 2014

DENVER - Two publications have sued Colorado in federal court over restrictions that prohibit the state's legalized recreational marijuana industry from ...

Lakewood first Colorado city to nix marijuana smoking at tobacco shops
Denver Post - February 12, 2014

At the Feb. 10 City Council meeting, Lakewood became the first city in Colorado to close a loophole that allowed marijuana to be smoked in tobacco-related businesses. The 2006 Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act, which prohibits cigarette and cigar smoking in most bars, restaurants and venues, was amended last year to include marijuana smoking. Left in the amendment, though, were exemptions for indoor tobacco smoking that would also apply to marijuana. Under state law, a hookah bar, cigar shop or tobacco store could legally allow an individual to smoke marijuana inside the business.

High Times, Westword challenging Colorado restrictions of recreational marijuana advertising
The Tribune - February 12, 2014

High Times and Westword are challenging Colorado rules that bar recreational marijuana businesses from advertising in most publications. The Denver Post (http://bit.ly/1nu7pAs ) reports they both filed lawsuits in federal court Monday arguing that the rules violate free speech.

Marijuana ordinance discussed at city council meeting
KOAA.com Colorado Springs and Pueblo News - February 12, 2014

The first time someone is caught, the Marijuana would be confiscated and they would ... Marijuana is already banned in city buildings - the new ordinance would ...

Springs City Council Passes Ban On Pot In City Buildings, Airport
KKTV 11 News - February 12, 2014

Pot may be legal, but don't carry it with you if you enter a Colorado Springs city building or the airport. The Colorado Springs City Council passed the ban Tuesday. The ban on city buildings even extends to bathrooms at city parks.

A new Rocky Mountain high: Colorado open for cannabis tourism
Santa Fe New Mexican.com - February 11, 2014

A long black van with no telling markings slips through the snow-encrusted streets of Denver. If you could peek through the tinted windows, youd see Timothy Vee standing at the front of the vehicle, addressing a group lounging on an S-curve of cushioned seats. And if you could press your ear against the closed door, youd hear the Colorado Highlife Tours owner informing his fellow pot smokers, Its time to get stoned now! At the start of the tour, the reaction might have been strong enough to shatter the candy-colored glass pipes being passed around.

No smoke? That doesn't make e-cigarettes safe
Pueblo Chieftain - February 9, 2014

The big tobacco industry has found another way to keep people addicted to nicotine: They market their new products as a replacement to smoking and tobacco. E-cigarettes and vapors allow tobacco users to get their nicotine fix in potential places that were previously off-limits. People are using the products in stores, workplaces, airports, classrooms, doctors waiting rooms, etc. Why are we so concerned? Some businesses allow vapor use indoors and the inhalation and exhalation of the vapor creates a public health concern for users and bystanders who are exposed to the plume of vapor.

Longmont pot patients won't lose housing benefits
Pueblo Chieftain - February 8, 2014

LONGMONT, Colo. Medical marijuana patients in Longmont wont lose their housing if they use the drug to treat pain and other issues, reassuring a resident who uses medical marijuana to treat pain and spasticity she suffers as a quadriplegic. Housing director Michael Reis says officials will now look at individual cases regarding both medical and recreational marijuana before deciding whether to evict people

Students in Colorado are now using vapor pens to smoke marijuana ...
Daily Mail - February 6, 2014

Students have found a new way to sneak marijuana into schools by using vapor ... Since Colorado legalized the drug, school administrators have had to fight ...

Grand County considers zero tolerance pot policy for employees
Summit Daily News - February 5, 2014

County commissioners and staff agree this policy should continue, but things become murkier with marijuana's legalization in the state of Colorado.

Pot buyers add more than $1M to Colorado tax coffers
Today.com - February 3, 2014

In the first month of legal recreational marijuana sales in Colorado, retailers who shared their proprietary data with NBC News say they have collected $1.24 million in tax revenue. Half of the states 35 licensed recreational retailers participated in the NBC News survey. The 18 retailers shared the first 27 days of their tax data because they say they believe it will help their image

Colorado lawmakers want to ban all teen smoking
Pueblo Chieftain - February 2, 2014

DENVER A bipartisan group of Colorado lawmakers says the state that made national news for being the first to allow marijuana sales should make ...

Evans: Boulder's smug smoking ban mania
Daily Camera - February 2, 2014

First we got the much-vaunted smoking ban on the Pearl Street Mall and adjacent ... Many suspect that the real goal of the blanket bans is to force "undesirables" ...

Colorado's marijuana sales drawing tourists to the state
WCSH-TV - January 31, 2014

Colorado's marijuana sales drawing tourists to the state ... Colorado to enjoy winter sports and get high now that the state has legalized recreational marijuana.

Denver hotel’s [sic] not wide open for weed
Denver Business Journal – January 31, 2014

that the resort remains smoke-free and will impose a $200 cleaning fee if it finds evidence of any smoking in a room. But the Warwick’s is a cautionary tale, as some early

Colorado skiers warned about smoking dope
PlanetSKI.eu - January 29, 2014

There are now warnings about smoking marijuana in public. "Consumption of marijuana in public and us ski area facilities remain illegal under Colorado Law.

Colorado Hospitality Experts Weigh In on Marijuana Travel Planning
Skift - January 29, 2014

Visitors to Colorado are now welcomed at dozens of marijuana dispensaries, ... Besides the fact that public pot consumption is banned, smoking of anything at ...

Boulder enacts smoking ban for municipal campus, considers expanding rule to parks, open space
Daily Camera - January 28, 2014

City Manager Jane Brautigam on Tuesday adopted a rule banning smoking on the Boulder municipal campus, as the City Council considered whether to expand the ban to most of downtown and city parks and open space.

Boulder Bans Smoking On Downtown City Property
CBS Denver - January 28, 2014

Boulders city manager has adopted a rule that bans smoking on downtown city property.

Colorado lawmakers look to outlaw tobacco use for those under 21
Denver Post - January 28, 2014

A bill that would raise the age for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products from 18 to 21 is intended to try to keep young kids from picking up the habit. The bipartisan measure, from two Democrats in the House and two in the Senate, could be introduced as early as Tuesday.

LETTERS: Manitou, marijuana and hippies
Colorado Springs Gazette - January 28, 2014

Paul Guivens' comments about Manitou Springs are misleading. It's still illegal to smoke marijuana in public, so the chances of "walking into an exhaled cloud... from a group of folks on the street" aren't much higher than they were before the ordinance being passed. Also, testing positive for marijuana after inhaling second- hand smoke would be highly unlikely

When Will the First Denver Hotel Openly Allow Pot Smoking?
HotelChatter - January 28, 2014

For tourists coming into the Mile High City looking to take advantage of its newly legalized recreational marijuana laws, a roadblock quickly reveals itself. By law, pot can only be smoked in the privacy of your own residence. Not in public, not in bars, not in your car. So, if you're a tourist and you go buy pot legally, where exactly is the most obvious place to smoke it? That's right -- your hotel room. But, according to a source who spoke to HotelChatter on the case of anonymity, most brand-name hotels are terrified of being portrayed as pot-friendly. Many impose a fine on guests who are caught smoking pot in their rooms, similar to the cleaning fee associated with cigarette smoking. It's understandable to us why certain brand-name hotels would want to avoid being connected with the idea of smoking pot on the premises, but on the other hand, considering marijuana smoke does not permeate like cigarette smoke, we're wondering if the concept of a fine is simply for show or reserved in the case of guest complaints.

Sensibly stoned: How to plan your Colorado "weedcation" like a responsible grown-up
Quartz - January 28, 2014

Besides the fact that public pot consumption is banned, smoking of anything at all is verboten at bars, restaurants and many Colorado hotels. Even those hotels ...

LETTER: Pot smoking etiquette
Glenwood Springs Post Independent - January 27, 2014

If you want to smoke pot, then more power to you, its legal now, and to each his own. But please keep it to yourself. The law allows private consumption and bans public use. Ive tolerated it at the top of Highlands bowl twice now. The last thing I want after a hike in the national forest is wafting pot smoke in my lungs. You guys choosing to do that in public, and on federal lands, are not making a wise choice.

Health Officials Urge FDA to Regulate E-Cigs
KREX News Channel 5 (CO) - January 22, 2014

DENVER - The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, as well as other health agencies, are urging the Food and Drug Administration to regulate electronic cigarettes and other alternative tobacco products....

Colorado Homeowners Association Law | Marijuana Matters: Has ($$)
Linex Legal (press release) (registration) - January 21, 2014

If your association has not yet considered whether the new marijuana laws will ... housing laws come into play in the context of medicinal marijuana cultivation ...

Colorado Springs Airport Offers Pot Amnesty
Newsmax.com - January 21, 2014

Colorado Springs Airport has installed amnesty boxes for pot smokers to toss marijuana before boarding a plane. While the state legalized recreational ...

Retail Marijuana banned in Foco until March
Rocky Mountain Collegian - January 21, 2014

Although some cities in Colorado have up and running retail marijuana shops, Fort Collins has some catching up to do. The temporary ban of

Greeley and Garden City continue tale of two cities with marijuana ...
University of Northern Colorado The Mirror - January 20, 2014

Colorado made national headlines earlier this month when, on the first day it was officially legal, recreational marijuana sales in the state exceeded $1 million. Students at the University of Northern Colorado may be interested to know, then, how the city of Greeley and the university is dealing with the advent of recreational marijuana. According to a brochure published by the city of Greeley, all commercial and retail marijuana establishments have been banned from cropping up within city limits.

Marijuana patrons endure 2-hour lines for chance at region's first cannabis in Weld County
Greeley Tribune - January 20, 2014

Regardless, dozens of marijuana seekers on Monday morning happily waited in ... equipped with a glass bar, a cash register and shelves lined with jars of marijuana and ... large-scale grow operations and even so-called marijuana clubs.

Medical licensing for recreational pot shops a mere formality
Pueblo Chieftain - January 20, 2014

State law requires that folks looking to get into the recreational marijuana business ... to collect sales taxes from stores on a monthly basis, though it isn't in place yet. The county charges two types of sales tax on the purchase of marijuana.

Manitou Springs officials weigh issues that could come with legal ...
Colorado Springs Gazette - January 20, 2014

Manitou Springs Police Chief Joe Ribeiro is anticipating challenges his staff might face if the City Council takes the final step Tuesday to make retail marijuana ...

Mountain Village says no to retail pot
Telluride Daily Planet - January 20, 2014

With a narrow vote on Thursday, the Mountain Village Town Council decided not to allow retail marijuana outlets in the town. The council voted 4-3 to shoot down an ordinance that would have allowed and regulated retail marijuana sales in Mountain Village. The vote was met by applause from members of the public in attendance.

Pot amnesty boxes going up at Colorado airport
THV 11 - January 15, 2014

...Under the Colorado law legalizing recreational marijuana, it is legal to leave the drug in a parked car at the airport. Bringing marijuana inside is, however, ...

Neighborhood rules: Tidy lawns and no pot smoking
Humboldt Beacon - January 14, 2014

And that now extends to recreational pot, as does a previous smoking ban in all ... When the issue of associations possibly banning pot use came up in Aurora, ...

Weed law not slowing Colo. college application rates
USA TODAY - January 14, 2014

So much for stoned slackers. If Colorado's new marijuana laws — legalizing the recreational possession of the drug — are deterring out-of-state students and ...

Denver police citing one person per day for public marijuana use
Denver Post-by John Ingold - January 14, 2014

Since the start of legal recreational marijuana sales, Denver police have cited about one person per day for public pot smoking, the city's police chief said ...

From the editorial advisory board: Smoking in Boulder
Daily Camera - January 11, 2014

In 1996, when Boulder became Colorado's first city to ban indoor smoking in bars ... Last year, when Boulder took the step of banning smoking on Pearl Street ...

In Colorado, legalized green leaves some landlords seeing red
Mother Nature Network (blog) - January 13, 2014

The opening of recreational marijuana emporiums in the Centennial State has led to a not-so-mellow relationship between some landlords and tenants looking ...

Colorado tourism embraces
New York Daily News - January 11, 2014

Also be aware that the THC chocolate bars, lollipops and even bottles of soda for sale can ... The Breckenridge Cannabis Club is right on Main St., across from a ...

State wins federal grant to prevent stoned driving
Pueblo Chieftain - January 13, 2014

Colorado legalized recreational marijuana in 2012, and stoned-driving arrests have gone up. State highway officials say marijuana use was a factor in more ...

Hickenlooper: I hate this experiment
Durango Herald - January 10, 2014

Colorado has gained international attention for legalizing recreational marijuana sales Jan. 1. Some communities, including Durango, have moratoriums or bans ...

Denver airport sets fines for marijuana possession
USA TODAY - January 9, 2014

Travelers who carry marijuana into Denver International Airport could soon face steep fines. At a public hearing Wednesday, the airport moved to formalize a policy that would ban marijuana possession on the entire airport property even though ...

Boulder Considers Extensive Smoking Ban
5280 The Denver Magazine (blog) - January 9, 2014

No smoking. not even in your parked car? Thats what Boulders city manager proposed this week under a sweeping rule that could go into effect later this year and would impact some of the citys most popular gathering places. The Daily Camera reports that the plan from Jane Brautigam would ban smoking on the city's municipal campus downtown, an area includes Boulders Central Park and its farmers market. The smoking ban would also extend to parked vehicles, in part, a spokeswoman says, to keep the citys library parking lots from turning into smoking lounges.

Local hotel smoker-friendly
Pueblo Chieftain - January 8, 2014

Out-of-town guests coming to Pueblo to buy marijuana now have a place to stay and legally smoke their weed. The management at Microtel Inn & Suites, 3343 Gateway Drive, permits guests to smoke marijuana in any of their nine smoking rooms. ...

Boulder City Manager proposes smoking ban on the city's municipal ...
The Denver Channel - January 7, 2014

BOULDER - Boulder's City Manager wants to ban smoking of any kind on the city's municipal campus, which includes the municipal building, library and the ...

Boulder moves to ban smoking across municipal campus, Central ...
Daily Camera - January 7, 2014

Boulder moves to ban smoking across municipal campus, Central Park, ... took the first step Tuesday toward banning all smoking on the city's municipal campus .... Some City Council members have said they want to see smoking banned in all ...

E-Cigarettes poison a growing number of Colorado children
The Denver Channel - January 7, 2014

DENVER - The Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug center has seen a dramatic increase in the number of Colorado children poisoned by e-cigarettes, and the ...

Legal pot attracting homeless
Pueblo Chieftain - January 7, 2014

“In some cases, they've even left jobs and housing behind to come to Colorado,” ... County marijuana stores, those people haven't said they intend to stay here.

Vail Daily letter: My concerns
Vail Daily News - January 7, 2014

From your letter Jan. 1, second paragraph: “Locals and visitors are going to smoke their legal marijuana in the same places they have been smoking illegal ...

Ask Dr. John: Influenza, marijuana allergy
9NEWS. com - January 8, 2014

With marijuana being legal and in some counties people are allowed to smoke outside, I am concerned about being exposed to the drug. I am allergic to ...

Manitou Springs Moves Forward with Retail Marijuana Ordinance
KOAA.com Colorado Springs and Pueblo News - January 8, 2014

El Paso County could soon have its first two, and likely only, retail marijuana shops, ... After a lengthy discussion and additional input from the public, the Council ...

DIA officials seeking to completely ban marijuana from airport
kwgn.com - January 8, 2014

Denver International Airport officials are pushing to ban marijuana from the airport altogether to avoid any confusion over where it can be used or who has the ...

Marijuana may be legal but banned by Colorado landlords [Video]
USA TODAY - January 7, 2014

Some Denver apartment dwellers who don't appreciate the aroma of marijuana wafting through their buiildings are appealing to landlords, who can ban pot smoking on their property, even though recreational use is now legal in Colorado.

Tenant objects to apartment building pot smoke [Video]
9NEWS.com - January 7, 2014

DENVER - Another implication of Colorado's brave new world of legal marijuana is affecting apartment renters. Several Denver tenants fed up with their neighbors' smoke habits contacted 9NEWS. Since Jan. 1, people looking to light up lined up and likely took home their bag to partake in privacy. "It's been a steady stream of phone calls from our clients," attorney Vic Sulzer said. Sulzer represents the Apartment Association of Colorado. He's told them one thing since Amendment 64 took effect. "Our reaction has always been that's it's not going to change anything," he said. Sulzer tell his landlords they still have the power to decide whether they allow their tenants to smoke pot. Much of that say-so is dependent on the rental agreement.

Visa and Mastercard Allow Marijuana Purchases, In Spite of Official Rules
Newsmax.com - January 7, 2014

Visa and Mastercard are opting not to enforce their official rules that prohibit their cards from being used for marijuana purchases in Colorado. The two credit card giants have decided to take the same position as the federal government, which is to not challenge the laws in states that have voted to legalize marijuana, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Legal marijuana in Colorado: Was rollout a success?
Alaska Dispatch - January 7, 2014

Nearly a week into Colorados unprecedented foray into marijuana legalization, its all going smoothly. Possessing and using recreational marijuana has actually been legal for a full year in both Washington and Colorado. But Jan. 1 marked the first time that the drug could be sold commercially to nonmedical customers. At least a couple dozen stores are already operating around the state, legally selling marijuana for recreational use to adults.

E-cigarette packed with marijuana oil set to boom in Colorado
New York Daily News - January 6, 2014

DENVER Less than a week after Colorado legalized marijuana, tokers have found ways to stretch their weed dollars and the law. Electronic cigarettes may be under fire in New York City, but in the land of legal pot, they provide a discreet way to break the rules and theyre economical.

Is Colorado Pot Overtaxed and Over-Regulated Already?
Reason - January 6, 2014

And others argue that marijuana sales must, at the very least, generate enough taxes to pay for regulating the industry. But how much taxation is too much ...

Why Legal Weed is Working in Colorado
TIME - January 6, 2014

The center of the movement to legalize pot is in a red sandstone building a few blocks from ... The activists who work there call it the marijuana mansion.

Smoke-Free Colorado Hotels Banning Marijuana Smoking
Skift - January 5, 2014

Since smoking marijunana in public in Colorado is outlawed, will hotels be where people go to smoke? And could that impact other travelers? Under state law, hotels can make up to a quarter of their rooms smoking rooms. But most hotels are completely smoke free. 9NEWS was able to find just one place that says its marijuana friendly: The Cliff House Lodge in Morrison.

Expanded smoking ban skips some bars, for now
Many Fort Collins bars and restaurants will have to snuff out patio smoking starting Jan. 17.
The Coloradoan January 5, 2014

Smokers at Fort Collins bars and restaurants soon will have to take their cigarettes and cigars even farther outside. A new city regulation banning smoking on public open-air patios and decks goes into effect Jan. 17. Smoking also will be prohibited within 20 feet of outdoor dining or drinking areas. But some businesses will be exempt from the rule, at least for a while. Establishments with patios that are not adjacent to a public area, such as a sidewalk, will have until June 17 to start following the ban. The City Council on Tuesday is scheduled to give final consideration to an ordinance that would allow the phase-in period. The measure is expected to be approved. ...

Weed can fly out of Colorado Springs Airport
Pueblo Chieftain - January 3, 2014

It turns out marijuana can fly. At least from the Colorado Springs Airport. If you're at least 21 and aren't carrying any more than an ounce of weed, you're all set to board your flight at the Colorado Springs Airport, according to its assistant aviation director.

Community must work harder to end the plague of smoking
Grand Junction Sentinel - January 2, 2014

Secondhand smoke is more harmful than regular smoking because it's from the end of the cigarette that contains carbon monoxide, tar, nicotine and much more.

Troops in Colorado Told That Pot Still Off-Limits
Military.com - January 2, 2014

Colorado just became the nation's pot-friendliest state, but don't expect military bases there to mellow anytime soon.

Answers to 5 questions about legalized pot in Colorado
Tucson Citizen - January 2, 2014

So you've heard that, as of Wednesday, marijuana can be legally purchased for any purpose by those 21 and older in Colorado. But is it as simple as that?

Weed retailer: First day of sales a 'huge success'
HLNtv.com - January 2, 2014

A licensed marijuana retailer in Colorado says the first day of selling legal recreational weed was a "huge success that went off without a hitch.

Colorado's recreational marijuana stores make history
fox4kc.com - January 2, 2014

Colorado made history New Years Day when it became the first state to allow stores to sell marijuana for recreational purposes to anyone age 21 or older.

Street dealer says business will be fine
Pueblo Chieftain - January 2, 2014

After Coloradans voted 55-45 percent in 2012 to legalize the use of marijuana, the Legislature and local governments started piling on the taxes and fees, and ...

First State-licensed Marijuana Shops Open in Colorado
Voice of America - January 2, 2014

DENVER, COLORADO The world's first state-licensed marijuana retailers legally permitted to sell pot for recreational use to the general public opened for ...

Denver International Airport Bans Marijuana Possession On Its ...
International Business Times - January 2, 2014

Two days before New Years Day, the Denver Post reported that Denver International Airport would be the first facility in the city to ban possession of marijuana under the new legalization regime, which was by voters approval of Amendment 64 over a year ago.

"Amnesty Box" at Aspen Airport Considered for Weed Disposal
KVNF Public Radio - January 2, 2014

Law enforcement has been gearing up for the start of recreational marijuana sales in ... As Colorado ushers in legalized retail marijuana, law enforcement is ...

Arapahoe County municipalities take wait-and-see approach with pot
Denver Post - January 2, 2014

While recreational marijuana stores will be opening this month in places like Denver and Edgewater, there will be no such activity in South Metro Denver as several municipalities want to wait and see what happens in those areas where it is legal.

Source: Denver's Tourism Board Forbidden from Marketing Pot Tourism
Jaunted - January 2, 2014

By now, we probably don't have to tell you that marijuana officially became legal in Colorado yesterday. High five! With all the hype leading up to this historical ...

10 things to know about nation's first recreational marijuana shops in ...
CNN International - January 2, 2014

.. Where can I light up? You won't be allowed to smoke pot in public and, in fact, can't even smoke in the pot shop or other establishments governed by the state's Clean Indoor Air Act.
That leaves the smoking to private properties, with the owner's permission. Communities and counties can still choose not to allow recreational marijuana stores in their local jurisdictions, and a good many towns have, such as Colorado Springs and Greeley. Meanwhile, ski resorts are concerned about scofflaws lighting up while on the slopes, with smoke intruding on family outings.

How Much Tax Revenue From Marijuana for Denver?
Bloomberg - January 2, 2014

Jan. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Denver City Council President Mary Beth Susman discusses plans for the legalized marijuana tax revenues on Bloomberg Television's ...

Colorado Begins Sales Of Recreational Marijuana Sales
NPR - January 2, 2014

The taxes on recreational marijuana sales is 25 percent. Some estimate that tax will generate more than $60 million for the state annually. ...

Denver council gives initial OK to decriminalizing pot for ages 18-21
Denver Post - December 16, 2013

As the sale of recreational marijuana becomes legal in Colorado on Jan. 1, the Denver City Council on Monday night voted on measures surrounding its criminalization and public display.
Council members gave initial approval to a measure decriminalizing the possession of an ounce of marijuana or less for people between the ages of 18 and 21. Penalties would include only fines and no jail time.

Denver Council Makes Move To Decriminalize Marijuana For Minors
CBS Local - December 16, 2013

A law voters passed last year decriminalized marijuana possession for adults but it ... The city council is also considering a law banning the marijuana industry ...

Will CSU be smoke-free in the near future?
Rocky Mountain Collegian - December 10, 2013

...Last month, The American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation published a list of 1,127 campuses in the U.S. that have implemented policies to be ...

Boulder may ban smoking on municipal campus
Daily Camera - December 10, 2013

Brautigam said she is strongly considering implementing the ban as a city ... The ban could serve as a pilot program for banning smoking in all Boulder parks ...

Denver's official marijuana website: Welcome to the world of "No!"
Westword (blog) - December 10, 2013

Yesterday, the City of Denver launched a marijuana website on Colorado.gov" -- a key element in what a release calls "a public education effort" prior to the ...

Hey, Denver: It's OK to smoke weed in your front yard or on a balcony
Raw Story - December 10, 2013

Denver residents will be permitted to smoke pot in their front yard or on a balcony, even if they can be seen from a street or sidewalk. The measure that was eventually passed bans the possession of marijuana for anyone under 21 years old and prohibits anyone from consuming pot in public.

Denver council votes to allow pot smoking in public view
kwgn.com - December 9, 2013

DENVER After a few hours of testimony from a passionate public, the Denver city council voted 10-3 Monday night to allow citizens to smoke marijuana on their front porches and on any private property even if its in view of the public.

Marijuana: Allowing pot clubs one of fourteen priorities for Colorado NORML
Westword (blog) - December 9, 2013

In a post published earlier today about a forthcoming proposal to ban marijuana smoking on private property within a thousand feet of schools, Denver councilwoman Susan Shepherd predicted future efforts to allow smoking at private clubs. Turns out this very subject is near the top of fourteen legislative priorities just announced by the advocacy organization NORML of Colorado. Get more details and see the complete list below.

Denver Launches Website To Educate Public On Marijuana Laws
CBS4 - December 9, 2013

DENVER (CBS4) As the City and County of Denver prepares for retail marijuana businesses to open on Jan. 1, a new website was launched Monday as a ...

Vote looms on proposed Denver ban on pot smoking in public view
kwgn.com - December 9, 2013

On Monday night, the public will sound off on whether Denver residents should be permitted to be seen smoking marijuana even on private property. Miguel Lopez, a customer at Club 64, Denver's first marijuana club, say smoking in public 'is what the voters of Colorado wanted.' Some members of the Denver

Marijuana arrests plummet 65 percent after legalization
The Coloradoan - December 9, 2013

The number of people jailed for marijuana crimes is down 65 percent in Larimer County one year after Coloradans voted to legalize it.

Legal pot leaves ski outlook hazy
Kankakee Daily Journal December 6, 2013

Still, industry officials hope visitors will respect that it is still illegal to smoke marijuana in public and on federal land, where 90 percent of the state's ski resorts are ...

Westwood residents plan to oppose recreational marijuana license ...
Denver Post - December 5, 2013

A group of residents in Denver's Westwood neighborhood say they plan to fight a recreational marijuana license application for one of the nearby medical marijuana dispensaries.

Dillon Town Council reopens retail marijuana tax, regulation debate
Summit Daily News - December 5, 2013

The Dillon Town Council this week reignited the debate about whether to allow retail marijuana establishments in town. In September, the council unanimously ...

Editorial: A narrow line between liberty, neighbors' rights
ReporterHerald.com - December 5, 2013

Recreational marijuana consumption in Colorado will soon go from being an abstract ballot measure on personal freedom to the law of the state. For Loveland's city leaders, that means it also is time to craft city ordinances that adhere to vague concepts placed by voters into the Colorado Constitution as Amendment 64.

Amendment 64: are we ready?
Estes Park Trail-Gazette - December 5, 2013

Colorado voters passed Amendment 64 last November, legalizing the purchase and recreational use of marijuana across the state. It will take effect on Jan.

Smoking Pot On Your Front Porch In Denver Will Likely Be Legal After All
Huffington Post - December 3, 2013

It looked like a done deal, but a controversial decision by the Denver City Council that would have banned legal recreational marijuana use in public view on private property went up in smoke Monday. Two of Denver's city council members reversed their original decision on the marijuana use ordinance, citing concerns about private property rights and the enforceability of the ban which appeared poised to pass just last week. Now if the ordinance becomes law after a final vote next Monday, Denver residents will be allowed to smoke pot anywhere on their properties whether they are in their homes, in their backyards, or on their front porches in plain sight of their neighbors. If pot smokers are at someone else's house, they would need permission from the owner of that property.

Denver City Council Changes Position On Pot Smoking Ordinance
CBS Denver - December 3, 2013

DENVER (CBS4) The Denver City Council has changed their stance on a proposal that would limit where residents could smoke marijuana on their private ...

Smoke 'em on your porch if you got 'em in Denver?
USA TODAY - December 3, 2013

Got a light? In Denver, the City Council moved one step closer to allowing people to smoke marijuana on their front porches. By a vote of 7-6, the City Council voted against a pot-use ordinance, which included a ban on smoking pot on private residential property if in plain view of the sidewalk or street. The council faces a final vote at next week's meeting on the subject, KUSA reported.

Fort Collins extends smoking ban to restaurant and bar patios
The Coloradoan - November 20, 2013

Banning all outdoor smoking would considerably damage Tony's, he said. Delaying implementation of the expanded smoking-ban gives bars a chance to ...

Denver would allow front-yard pot smoking under rules given early OK
Morning Edition, Denver Business Journal – November 13, 2013

...and renters to smoke marijuana anywhere on their properties, including their front lawns, The Denver Post's Jeremy P. Meyer reports. That relaxes rules proposed earlier that would have banned pot smoking anywhere …

Pot problems in Colorado schools increasing
KOAA.com Colorado Springs and Pueblo News - November 12, 2013

Mesa County resource officer Mike Dillon says he is seeing more problems and younger kids bringing marijuana to schools after Colorado voters legalized ...

Local voters affirm state views regarding taxes and marijuana
The Mountain Jackpot - November 12, 2013

Teller County voters followed state trends in voicing strong opposition to a nearly $1 billion proposed tax increase for public schools. And surprisingly, Teller, an area known as one of the strongest anti-tax areas in the state, said yes to a proposed 25 percent tax on recreational marijuana products, consisting of excise and sales levies. Both the local public school and marijuana votes were fairly similar to the state results. Meanwhile, in Manitou Springs, voters strongly approved a small local tax hike for marijuana sales,

Pot users should keep it to themselves
Durango Herald - November 9, 2013

I support others rights to use medical marijuana, but I would like my right to smoke-free air protected. I have to close my windows because I can smell the pot smoke from the house next door. I propose Durango establishes a pot zone where all the shops, bars and any marijuana-related situations take place.

Battles already looming over Colorado marijuana revenues
Colorado Springs Gazette - November 8, 2013

Marijuana was on the minds of Joint Budget Committee members Thursday as Gov. John Hickenlooper presented a budget proposal he said funded a "bare-bones" regulatory system for legalized recreational pot sales "that would not have made anybody proud."

VUSE Sets Course to be Market Leader in E-Cig Category
CSNews Online - November 7, 2013

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- To some, three months may not be enough time to test the waters with a new product. However, for R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. (RJRV), it was enough time to know it had a winner on its hands with its new digital vapor cigarette VUSE.

Colorado to fund public services with cannabis tax
BBC News - November 7, 2013

Colorado will become the first state in America to tax the sale of marijuana when the drug becomes legal next year. Under new piece legalisation cannabis sales will have a 25% levy placed on them to pay for public school construction and the marijuana industry costs.

Colorado's marijuana tax potential attracts new allies in legalization ...
Summit Daily News - November 7, 2013

Colorados hearty embrace of a 25 percent marijuana tax this week could prove a turning point for legalization backers. Theyve long argued that weed should come out of the black market and contribute to tax coffers instead of prison populations. The rest of the money would go toward paying for the regulation of pot shops. Several Colorado municipalities approved additional pot taxes Tuesday, ranging from 3.5 percent in Pueblo County to up to 10 percent in the city of Boulder. Denver approved a 3.5 percent tax Tuesday that could generate $4.5 million a year. The Denver Post has predicted state and city taxes will add $8.59 to a $30 eighth of an ounce of pot.

Denver drops backyard marijuana ban from draft ordinance
Albany Times Union (blog) - November 6, 2013

Marijuana users in Denver have found refuge: their backyards. While Colorado has legalized the recreational use of marijuana, Denvers City Council continues to figure out how to enforce and regulate the new state law in their jurisdiction. CBS Denver reports the new draft ordinance was revised so people could be allowed to smoke in their backyards.

Fort Collins City Council votes to expand smoking restrictions
Rocky Mountain Collegian - November 6, 2013

Current regulations ban smoking in places of employment and business and public buildings. Those smoking are also required to be more than 20 feet from all ...

Fort Collins City Council snuffs smoking in outdoor dining areas
The Coloradoan - November 5, 2013

Smoking also would be banned at outdoor Transfort facilities and within 20 feet of ... The smoking ban inside restaurants and bars has been in effect since 2003.

Denver to continue tweaks to public pot consumption law
Brush News Tribune - November 5, 2013

In what's become a debate over civil liberties and compliances with a new state law legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, the Denver City Council on ...

City looks at reducing restrictions on public pot smoking
kdvr.com - November 4, 2013

The new ordinance would allow pot smoking in your front or back yard as long as it's not visible from a public area such as a sidewalk or street. City Council will ...

Fort Collins eyes smoking ban for outdoor dining
9NEWS.com - November 4, 2013

FORT COLLINS - No-smoking areas in Fort Collins bars and restaurants could be extended to their outdoor patios and decks. The City Council on Tuesday is scheduled to give initial consideration to an ordinance that would revise the city's smoking ban to include outdoor dining and drinking areas.

Fort Collins eyes smoking ban for outdoor dining
The Coloradoan - November 4, 2013

No-smoking areas in Fort Collins bars and restaurants could be extended to their outdoor patios and decks.

Mile High City backing off on stopping public marijuana smoking
DigitalJournal.com November 1, 2013

Denver - From the moment voters approved the legalization of marijuana last year government has sought to make it difficult for stoners to light up. Cities large and small around the state considered ordinances barring any marijuana possession or smoking.

School funding from pot taxes proposed in Proposition AA surprised ...
The Denver Channel - November 1, 2013

Proposition AA would create a 15 percent excise tax on marijuana when it is sold ... percent state sales tax and does not include any taxes created and approved ...

Pueblo: Hands off pot money
Pueblo Chieftain - October 31, 2013

Some counties that prohibit recreational marijuana sales are concerned they'll be ... And if they want the tax revenue they should've regulated adult recreational ...

Colorado ski slopes differ on marijuana tolerance
Brush News Tribune - October 31, 2013

"For the people who like to use it, that is awesome, but it's not legal to use it in public," Henceroth said. Amendment 64 does not allow marijuana consumption ...

Denver Scales Back Proposed Marijuana Restriction Ordinance
The Daily Chronic - October 31, 2013

A proposed ordinance in Denver would allow marijuana use in back yards and possession in public parks, easing an earlier draft banning open use, officials said. The new version being considered by the Denver City Council isnt as harsh as the earlier one, which would have banned even the smell of burning marijuana from peoples back yards, The Denver Post reported Wednesday. The prior version would have forbidden marijuana smoking on outdoor private property, and made it illegal to possess marijuana in public parks and at Denver's ...

Denver pot restrictions still go too far
Denver Post - October 30, 2013

We're glad Denver officials have toned down a proposed city ordinance on pot smoking that would have effectively prevented people from lighting up in their own backyards. But the revised ordinance still has problems we think could violate Amendment 64, which legalized the possession and use of recreational marijuana. And we ...

Pot Odor Bans Stink: Would Marijuana By Any Other Name Smell Just as Rank?
San Francisco Chronicle (blog) - October 28, 2013

Not everybody likes the smell of cannabis. But unlike farts, body odor, and Axe Body Spray, the mere olfactory presence of otherwise legal marijuana could soon bring prison sentences of up to a yearif a newly proposed Denver city ordinance passes.

New Carbondale rules clarify where pot can be smoked in town
Aspen Daily News - October 24, 2013

Recent amendments to Carbondales criminal code ban pot smoking in open and public places, require that pot be grown in enclosed, locked spaces, and provide a bit of much-needed clarity on exactly what those terms mean. The amendments, passed by the Carbondale Trustees by a vote of 5-0 Tuesday night, are meant to compliment a larger set of rules that the trustees approved in late September governing the towns emerging recreational marijuana industry.

Carbondale code changed to recognize legal marijuana
Glenwood Springs Post Independent - October 23, 2013

CARBONDALE This towns criminal codes now reflect the new reality of legalized marijuana use by adults, although questions have come up about what is the appropriate punishment for someone who violates the new pot laws....

Chaffee County to join state tobacco campaign
Mountain Mail Newspaper - October 23, 2013

Chaffee County Public Health is participating in a Colorado campaign to limit children's exposure to secondhand smoke. Bev Orrill, Chaffee County Public ...

VIDEO: Woman mad about pot smoke getting into her apartment
KDVR FOX 31 - October 22, 2013

A woman in Longmont is frustrated because she says marijuana smoke from her neighbor's is making it into her apartment. The woman has a baby and she doesn't want her child exposed to that second-hand smoke.

Longmont couple: Secondhand pot smoke is endangering baby
KUSA-TV Channel 9 - October 22, 2013

The Barlows say the pot smoke is coming into their apartment through a vent from a neighboring unit. They've tried calling their landlord, the police and even child-protective services. Because smoking pot at home is legal under Colorado law, they say

Some Worry About Marijuana's Effect On Colo. Ski Tourism
KUOW News and Information - October 22, 2013

Last year, Colorado voted to legalize the sale and use of marijuana. The measure passed by a healthy margin, but was especially popular in resort towns such ...

We're all responsible for protecting the environment, the government ...
Colorado Springs Independent - October 16, 2013

To City Council: The Colorado Springs smoking ban in the city parks and open ... of nearly 500 other municipalities across the U.S. as examples of smoking bans ... banning all smoking in the parks and open space will reduce fires and litter.

Aspen makes way for recreational marijuana
Aspen Times - October 16, 2013

In Aspen, the number of recreational marijuana retailers will be capped at the ... Because of ambiguity with state law, Aspen also has decided to ban public and ...

No Decision On Marijuana Regulations In Denver
Personal Liberty Digest - October 15, 2013

The proposal would also ban marijuana possession in city parks and use on private property while visible from off the property. Filed Under: Quirks ..

Denver mayor wants to stop public pot smoking
Associated Press - October 14, 2013

...possessing, smoking or giving away marijuana would be illegal in city parks, the downtown pedestrian mall, mountain parks, including Red Rocks amphitheater, as well as cars on public streets. ...

SULLUM: Under Denver Proposal, Pot Smokers Could Go To Jail For Consuming A Legal Product On Their Own Property
Forbes - October 14, 2013

The upshot could be that people are free to consume marijuana in businesses catering to pot smokers but not on their own porches, patios, and balconies. ...

Denver mulls outlawing drifting marijuana smoke
Reuters - October 11, 2013

...if a proposed ordinance becomes law in the state's largest city, pot smokers could face jail time and fines if smoke wafts onto a neighbor's property. A measure under consideration by the Denver City Council would impose up to $999 in fines and a maximum ...

Colo. ordinance would make even smell of marijuana smoke illegal
Kitsap (WA) Sun - October 11, 2013

The text of the proposed ordinance says, "It shall be unlawful for any person to openly and publicly display or consume one (1) ounce or less of marijuana." It goes on to define "openly" as being "perceptible through sight or smell to the public."

Student Senate at the University of Northern Colorado conducts ...
University of Northern Colorado The Mirror - October 14, 2013

A smoking ban on campus would mean just that: no one would be allowed to ... “I feel like banning cigarettes would cause a problem because there's a lot of ...

Denver floats new rules that could make even the odor of pot a crime
Denver Post - October 11, 2013

Even the smell of marijuana wafting from your backyard could be illegal if Denver City Council passes a new ordinance. Denver officials, responding to fears that public pot consumption could become an ever-present problem in the Mile High City, will propose a set of new rules for open consumption and possession of marijuana.

Proposed Denver ordinance contains rules against visible, smellable smoking of marijuana
The Denver Channel - October 11, 2013

DENVER - As Colorado makes progress toward the retail sale of marijuana, the City of Denver is considering an ordinance that would make smoking the drug illegal if it can be seen or even smelled by others.

In Colorado, you still can't smoke marijuana in public
Denver Post - September 30, 2013

If anybody should know that smoking marijuana in public is against the law in Colorado, it's an attorney versed in pot laws who is one of the state's most vocal marijuana rights activists.

Rob Corry Busted for Smoking Pot at Rockies Game
CelebStoner - September 30, 2013

It's legal to smoke pot in Colorado these days, just not in public. Marijuana activist Rob Corry broke the law at a recent Rockies game and was arrested for it.

Campaign aims to debunk myths about secondhand smoke
Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald - September 29, 2013

Colorado county health departments hope to convince parents to make kids 'A Smoke-Free Zone'

Police won't target smokers in parks, but park-goers might
Colorado Springs Gazette - September 28, 2013

The Tobacco Police are not going to patrol the city's parks looking for smokers, in spite of a law passed Tuesday that makes it illegal to light up in parks, trails and open spaces. "It's going to be enforced no differently than alcohol," said Gary Feffe

Smoking Now Banned In Colorado Springs City Parks
KKTV 11 News - September 25, 2013

Smoking Now Banned In Colorado Springs City Parks. Print ... The Colorado Springs City Council voted Tuesday to ban smoking in city parks. The ban goes into ...

New Secondhand Smoke Campaign in Colorado Focuses on Kids
SYS-CON Media (press release) - September 10, 2013

DENVER, Sept. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Supported by Amendment 35 funds, a coalition of Colorado counties is launching the "I Am A Smoke-Free Zone" secondhand smoke campaign this week. The campaign stresses that children are "smoke-free zones."

Breckenridge Town Council to vote on marijuana ordinance forcing downtown Cannabis Club to move
Summit Daily News - September 10, 2013

Oktoberfest has adults drinking in public, and some people might not see that as a family friendly event. Some people see marijuana as a safe alternative to ...

Recreational marijuana: Denver council sets sales tax, retail rules
Denver Post - August 27, 2013

Denver City Council on Monday made several big decisions about the nascent marijuana industry, including allowing stores to sell both medical and nonmedical pot without requiring physical barriers in the shops and setting a proposed 3.5 percent tax rate.

Red Cliff voters to be asked to tax marijuana
Vail Daily News - August 26, 2013

Eagle is also pondering how to tax marijuana, either through a straightforward sales tax, a set transaction fee similar to the town's lodging tax or an operating ...

Ahead Of Vote, Colorado Marijuana Taxes A Source Of Debate
KVNF Public Radio - August 26, 2013

The sales tax would only apply to recreational marijuana and not medical ... Why should we pay them a penny more in taxes, all they've done is be corrupt..

Denver council defies mayor and chooses 3.5 percent tax on retail pot
Brush News Tribune - August 26, 2013

In a tight vote last week, the Denver City Council defied Mayor Michael Hancock's request to ask voters to approve a sales tax rate for retail marijuana that ...

Tobacco-Free Campaign Stops in Grand Junction
KREX News Channel 5 - August 22, 2013

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The campaign for a tobacco-free Colorado made a stop in downtown Grand Junction on Thursday, hoping to reach out to Mesa ...

Where, exactly, can you smoke in Carbondale?
Aspen Daily News - August 22, 2013

While the open and public use of marijuana is prohibited under Amendment 64 the law legalizing the possession, consumption and sale of limited amounts ...

Carbondale pot rules take shape
Aspen Daily News - August 22, 2013

That ban, said Carbondale Mayor Stacey Bernot, could push recreational marijuana grow operations better suited for rural areas into the town limits of Garfield ...

Colorado launches new tobacco tax-funded web site to help ...
Denver Post (blog) - August 21, 2013

Still trying to kick the smoking habit? The state health department has a new resource. A new web site, intended to be the states primary source for help to quit smoking, has information for community members who want to get involved and those who want to learn about the impact of tobacco use, secondhand smoke and tobacco industry marketing. It offers advice for quitting and campaign materials.

CU Boulder goes smoke free -- mostly
The Denver Channel - August 19, 2013

However, it's not a complete ban yet. Smoking is still allowed in designated areas until December. Then school officials will evaluate the program and determine if the designated smoking areas should be eliminated.

Fort Collins smoking ban could extend outdoors
The Coloradoan - August 18, 2013

City officials are considering banning smoking in outside dining areas and bar patios, potentially pushing smokers further into the fringes of Old Town.

Casino smoking ban gets one last word from proponents
Denver Post (blog) - August 16, 2013

The study on a smoking bans affect on ambulance calls to Colorado casinos prompted some useful back and forth between proponents of wider tobacco bans and business interests who do not want to needlessly scare off groups of customers. They have differing opinions on what the University of California San Francisco study proves, and weve presented some of that here.
After the casino association weighed in, we got one last letter from anti-tobacco campaigners who wanted to pass on an amplification from the studys author, Stan Glantz. The following comment by Glantz was forwarded by Bob Doyle of the Colorado Tobacco Education and Prevention Alliance: ...

Estes Park says no to pot industry
Estes Park Trail-Gazette - August 14, 2013

The Estes Park Town Board passed two ordinances - both unanimously - that make it clear that public marijuana sales, related clubs, and public marijuana ...

6 medical marijuana shops back in business in Fort Collins
The Coloradoan - August 13, 2013

Fort Collins could also ask residents for a local tax in addition to sales taxes, which already apply to medical marijuana. Meanwhile, Cruinkshank believes there ...

Marijuana tax on agenda for Silverthorne Town Council Wednesday
Summit Daily News - August 12, 2013

Medicinal marijuana sales, which are only subject to Silverthorne's retail sales taxes, would be exempt from the proposed 5 percent excise tax, Braun said.

Denver council to settle 39 issues around new retail pot framework
Denver Post - August 12, 2013

With legislation pending on whether to ask Denver voters to approve a 5 percent tax on retail marijuana sales, the Denver City Council on Monday will consider setting a host of rules and regulations for the new industry.

Anti-smoking battle moves outdoors; bans increase
The Coloradoan - August 11, 2013

He and Bayer worry such bans are really motivated by desires to make smoking seem like an unusual, socially unacceptable behavior. Ban proponents see that ...

Smoking ban will affect parks and trails ($$)
Mountain Mail Newspaper - August 8, 2013

Salida City Council directed staff to draft an ordinance that will ban smoking in city parks and on city trails during a work session prior to the boards regular meeting Tuesday. Council heard a presentation June 18 from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chaffee County about the dangers of secondhand smoke. The group requested that council pass an ordinance banning smoking in city parks and on city trails. At the time, council directed staff to bring the item back to discuss during a work session.

Smoking Ban Tilts Odds Against Ambulance Calls From Casinos
NPR - August 6, 2013

Public health advocates have lobbied hard in recent years to clear restaurants, bars and other workplaces of tobacco smoke, and the winds seem to be at their back. Already, 36 states and the District of Columbia have enacted some version of an indoor smoking ban to protect the health of workers and patrons, and many local communities in other states have followed suit.

Study: Ambulance calls to casinos drop almost 20 percent following smoking ban
The Birmingham News - al.com - August 6, 2013

Smoking bans, such as the one passed in Birmingham in 2012, are often pushed as a public health initiative. Now, one study suggests that there could be a correlation, if not a causal link, between smoking bans and numbers of ambulance calls. University of ...

Smoke-free casinos reduce medical emergencies
Science Codex - August 6, 2013

Commercial casinos throughout the country are often exempt from smoke-free workplace laws. Now a new study led by UC San Francisco has found that when smoking is banned in casinos, it results in considerably fewer emergency calls for ambulances.

No-smoking law in Colorado casinos led to fewer ambulance calls
HealthCanal.com - August 6, 2013

DALLAS When smoking was banned from casinos in Colorado, ambulance calls to casinos in Gilpin County dropped about 20 percent, according to research reported in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. Study Highlights: No-smoking laws ...

No Smoking in Casinos, Fewer Ambulance Calls
MedPage Today August 5, 2013

Extension of smoke-free laws to casinos led to decreases in ambulance calls to the gambling venues that were similar to what had been seen for other sites, researchers reported. They noted that currently only 19 states and Puerto Rico require state-related casinos be be smoke-free, according to the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation.

Casino Smoking Ban Tied to Drop in Ambulance Calls
U.S. News & World Report - August 5, 2013

MONDAY, Aug. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Ambulance calls to casinos in Gilpin County, Colo., fell about 20 percent after smoking was banned, a new study finds. The decline mirrored a drop in ambulance calls to public locations two years earlier when the state ...

New Study Finds Implementation Of Smoke-Free Casinos Can Prevent Medical Emergencies
MarketWatch (press release) - August 5, 2013

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Researchers Say Extending Smoke-Free Legislation to Casinos Can Reduce the Acute Effects of Secondhand Smoke Exposure. A new study published today in Circulation, a journal of the American ...

Smoking ban means fewer ambulance runs at Colorado casinos
Denver Post - August 5, 2013

Ambulance calls to Colorado casinos dropped 20 percent after a statewide public smoking ban was toughened to include the gambling palaces, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California San Francisco.

Banning smoking in casinos may cut ambulance calls
kwwl.com - August 5, 2013

A study out of Gilpin County, Colorado, a tourist destination with 26 casinos just west of Denver, shows that banning smoking in casinos can significantly cut the number of ambulance calls made from the facilities. Researchers studied the number of ...

Smoking Ban at Casinos Lowers Health Gamble
dailyRx - August 5, 2013

(dailyRx News) When it comes to heart and lung health, Colorado gamblers may have hit the jackpot. Since the ban on smoking in casinos in the state, ambulance calls in one county have dropped. Casinos have a long history as establishments for smoking ...

Glantz, S.A.; Gibbs, E., "Changes in ambulance calls following implementation of a smokefree law and its extension to casinos," Circulation [Epub ahead of print], August 5, 2013.

Ellerbeck, E.F.; Spertus, J.A., "Let's clear the air for casino patrons and employees," Circulation [Epub ahead of print], August 5, 2013.

Marijuana retail bans: Could they lead to November tax ballot issue ...
Westword (blog) - August 5, 2013

Marijuana retail bans: Could they lead to November tax ballot issue defeat? ... "And we're going to be supporting these taxes in the same way the Governor says ...

Public marijuana use is illegal but seldom punished in Denver
Brush News Tribune - August 2, 2013

Denver police have written more tickets for public marijuana use so far this year than in all of 2012, but the crime is rarely punished, according to new statistics ...

Littleton City Council advances plan for three percent marijuana ...
The Denver Channel - August 1, 2013

A plan to apply a three percent sales tax to marijuana in Littleton passed its first City ... John Hickenlooper signed a law that sets up a system of state taxation.

5 Percent Recreational Marijuana Tax Approved By Denver City ...
Huffington Post - July 30, 2013

Denver City Council approved a municipal tax rate of 5 percent on recreational marijuana sales in Mile High City on Monday afternoon -- if approved by voters, the city tax would likely be in addition to the 25 percent combined state tax rate, which also must be approved by voters this November.

To tax pot or not, Carbondale voters will decide ($$)
Glenwood Springs Post Independent - July 30, 2013

CARBONDALE The towns electorate will be asked on Nov. 5 to impose a local sales tax on the sale of retail marijuana, which would be added to the towns existing sales tax rate of 3.5 percent....

Denver council to vote on whether to push pot tax onto Nov. ballot
Denver Post - July 29, 2013

Denver City Council will consider asking voters to approve a 5 percent sales tax on retail marijuana and the authority to raise the tax as high as 15 percent.

Carbondale: 'Probably not' to marijuana tourism ($$)
Summit Daily News - July 29, 2013

But, the open use of marijuana in public places, which is specifically prohibited in Amendment 64, is already a problem in Carbondale and other places in ...

Glenwood Springs council may put brakes on pot clubs ($$)
Summit Daily News - July 27, 2013

GLENWOOD SPRINGS City officials in Glenwood Springs are reacting to recent inquiries from persons interested in possibly opening private marijuana clubs in the city, following voter passage of Amendment 64 last November....

Frisco voters to weigh in on recreational marijuana sales tax
Summit Daily News - July 24, 2013

In this Jan. 26, 2013 photo a worker at a grow house in Denver examines a marijuana plant ready to be harvested. Last fall, voters made Washington and ...

Denver Considers 3.5 Percent Tax on Marijuana Sales
Reason - July 24, 2013

Denver Auditor Dennis Gallagher disagrees with Mayor Michael Hancock's recreational marijuana tax target, arguing the city should seek a starting tax rate of ...

Smoking ban approved in Colorado Springs parks
KOAA NBC 5/30 (Colo. Springs/Pueblo, CO) - July 23, 2013

The Colorado Springs City Council has voted to impliment a smoking ban at all city ban stems from concern over cigarette butts starting fires in open spaces. The council voted 6-2 on the ban, which includes an exemption for cemeteries and golf ...

Colorado Springs poised to ban retail pot
9NEWS.com - July 23, 2013

(AP) - Colorado's second-largest city is poised to ban recreational marijuana stores. The Colorado Springs City Council plans to vote Tuesday on allowing retail ... The city was projected to raise more than $3 million a year from retail pot sales taxes. However, the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance and area military leaders warned against retail sales in Colorado Springs.

Health Officials Worry As E-Cigarettes Enter Colorado
KUNC - July 22, 2013

Since e-cigarettes are not a tobacco product, companies can get around 42-year-old laws that ban cigarette advertising. The largest concentration of e-cigarette ...

Glenwood Springs lays groundwork for recreational pot businesses
Glenwood Springs Post Independent - July 19, 2013

Kelley Cox / Post Independent Medical marijuana patients sit at the bud-tending ... statewide sales tax on retail pot purchases, in addition to existing sales taxes. Honoring what it believes was a mandate from city voters last fall, Glenwood Springs City Council indicated Thursday night that it will allow regulated recreational marijuana businesses within city limits starting next year....

Fraser OKs pot-tax ballot question ($$)
Sky Hi Daily News - July 19, 2013

FRASER The Fraser Town Board voted to place a question on the November 2013 ballot, asking Fraser residents if the town should impose an excise tax on the sale of recreational marijuana in the town. ...

Community forum: no pot sales in Bayfield
Pine River Times - July 19, 2013

The State Department of Revenue had to adopt regulations governing these businesses by July 1, La May said, and local governments have until Oct. 1 to ban these businesses or designate a local official responsible for licensing. If they don't ban these businesses, they must decide which types of businesses to allow and what sorts of fees and restrictions to impose, he said. Statewide voters will decide in November whether to impose a 10 percent sales tax on top of the current 2.9 percent state sales tax on retail marijuana sales, and a 15 percent excise tax on cultivation. Town voters could be asked whether to impose additional town sales tax or add an excise tax on retail sales if they are allowed, La May said.

Carbondale to seek local tax for marijuana
Glenwood Springs Post Independent - July 18, 2013

CARBONDALE Town voters here will likely be asked in November to place an extra 5 percent sales tax on retail marijuana purchases, on top of the proposed ...

Steamboat Springs City Council weighs in on pot shop rules ($$)
Steamboat Pilot & Today - July 18, 2013

... medical marijuana operators currently don't face advertising restrictions, but ... of marijuana regulations from signage to smoking in public, it was the zoning ...

Boulder council backs excise tax on marijuana
Denver Business Journal - July 17, 2013

The Boulder City Council is in favor of a 5 percent excise tax on marijuana that would be collected on grow operations, the Daily Camera reports. The 5-2 vote in ...

Millions will be at stake when Council makes its marijuana decision
Colorado Springs Independent - July 17, 2013

In April, Colorado State University's Colorado Futures Center released a study forecasting what the state might expect in tax revenue from recreational-marijuana centers in 2014. Even taking a high-end approach where it was estimated a cost of $600 to grow a pound of marijuana authors Charles Brown and Phyllis Resnick found the state could reap $130.1 million.
Now, an Independent analysis built on the center's study estimates the city of Colorado Springs, without any new taxes, could collect a minimum of $1.2 million in revenue next year from an estimated 53,500 local buyers (our population equivalent to the statewide estimate of 642,772 marijuana customers).

Marijuana: Boulder agrees to 5 percent excise tax on marijuana ...
Westword (blog) - July 17, 2013

The Boulder City Council approved a 5 percent municipal excise tax on cannabis for growers and manufacturers last night and decided against enacting a ...

Carroll: Denver's wish list for marijuana taxes
Denver Post - July 17, 2013

Who would have thought that legalizing a recreational drug might provoke so much ... will climb by 5 percent once recreational retail marijuana outlets take off.

Boulder adds public hearing on pot tax proposal
The Daily Camera - July 15, 2013

A public hearing on taxing recreational marijuana has been added to Tuesday's Boulder City Council meeting agenda. The City Council is considering a proposal to tax recreational marijuana at more than 26 percent at today's meeting, which starts at 6 p.m. at the Boulder Municipal Building, 1777 Broadway.

In Castle Rock, public pot-smoking to be petty offense
Our Colorado News - July 15, 2013

Smoking marijuana in public in Castle Rock will be dealt with similarly to how police deal with open consumption of alcohol. Castle Rock Town Clerk Sally Misare informed the Castle Rock City Council July 2 that one of the major issues the Colorado Legislature recently failed to address, regarding the state's new law legalizing marijuana, was open and public consumption of pot and so the town police's department has decided to deal with such violations using standards similar to what's in the town's liquor code.

Up in (pot) smoke
Conflict between state, federal laws leads to mans eviction
Durango Herald - July 14, 2013

But the pot that makes his pain bearable and helps him sleep is now causing him to lose the federally subsidized apartment he has rented for five years.

Taking on nicotine for 20 years
La Plata County groups determination brought success, leaders say
Durango Herald July 14, 2013

On the eve of the 20th anniversary Thursday of what was known for 19 years as the Lasso Tobacco Coalition (now Celebrating Healthy Communities), those in the trench warfare to get La Plata County residents off nicotine reflected on accomplishments.

E-cigarette maker targets Colorado
The Durango Herald - July 13, 2013

Because e-cigarettes are not a tobacco product, companies can get around 42-year-old laws that ban cigarette advertising. Currently, the largest concentration ...

Council passes two marijuana ordinances
Our Colorado News - July 12, 2013

Arvada City Council passed two ordinances July 1 regarding the use and sale of marijuana in the city of Arvada. The revisions also make it illegal to consume marijuana in public and to have an open marijuana container in a motor vehicle. It also prohibits the display or transfer of marijuana, marijuana accessories and marijuana products on city-owned property.

Smoking ban in parks could be overkill
Colorado Springs Gazette - July 10, 2013

City officials may again consider a proposal for a smoking ban in most city parks. ... bystanders, have played an important role in facilitating other smoking bans.

Springs City Council to Vote on Banning Smoking in City Parks
KKTV 11 News - July 9, 2013

Smokers may no longer be lighting up at many parks in Colorado Springs if the Parks and Recreation Department gets their way. The department has asked the Colorado Springs City Council to ban smoking at local parks, citing fire danger and a growing littering problem as two leading concerns. The department says they are finding more and more cigarette butts on the ground at area parks. The department also said they are also concerned about the health of non-smokers visiting the local parks.

City mulls smoking ban for Colorado Springs parks
Colorado Springs Gazette - July 8, 2013

Other cities, including Commerce City and Arvada, have banned smoking in parks. ... city looked at variations of the ban, including just banning smoking in some ...

Breathe deeply and be proud, Pueblo: Your air is clean
Pueblo Chieftain - June 29, 2013

Ten years ago, Pueblo passed the Pueblo Smoke-Free Air Act to protect public health and welfare. Ordinance No. 6921 was approved by Pueblo citizens at a special municipal election on May 20, 2003, by a vote of 11,602 to 7,935.

Smoke-free Colorado casinos do just fine
Mesquite Local News - June 13, 2013

I am a new, year-round citizen just this year although I have had a home here since 2004. Consequently, I haven’t followed the local politics and I am not familiar with either of these people. Having been on the city council in the city where I lived in Colorado, I am familiar with local power struggles. … Making Mesquite a non-smoking city would brand us as thoughtful of our citizens, and a progressive city in an otherwise primitive state.

Wellington children power effort to ban smoking in town parks
The Coloradoan - June 9, 2013

WELLINGTON Thanks to letters written by children at the Wellington Boys & Girls Club, the Town Board will introduce an ordinance at its next meeting to ban ...

Boulder homeless feeling the squeeze on Pearl Street
The Daily Camera - June 8, 2013

...For many transients, the combination of heavy foot traffic, food and nearby resources make Pearl Street an ideal spot to spend the day. But, with the implementation of a smoking ban that in its first two months has seen more than half of its violations committed by transients, some homeless think the city and downtown business are trying to make life a little less comfortable for them in the hope they move off of the highly visible tourist destination. "It raises some diversity and sincerity questions," a transient who only identified himself only as Ed said of the smoking ban. Ed said that while the city can't simply kick the homeless off Pearl Street, he said the recent rules were an example of how they could still be targeted. ...

RJ Reynolds expanding e-cigarettes to Colorado market
Winston-Salem Journal - June 6, 2013

A company subsidiary, R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co., said today it will expand the testing of its Vuse e-cig product to retail outlets in Colorado, beginning in July. It announced the expansion at a press conference in New York.

Greeley, Montrose ban recreational pot shops
The Coloradoan - June 6, 2013

The cities of Greeley and Montrose have approved bans on recreational marijuana shops. A second ordinance bans private marijuana clubs in commercial and industrial structures, but not social gatherings at homes.

Colorado regulators won't enforce marijuana magazine restrictions
Denver Post - June 6, 2013

Colorado regulators will not enforce at least initially a new law requiring marijuana-themed magazines to be kept behind the counter at stores that sell them.

Greeley bans recreational marijuana sales
9NEWS.com June 6, 2013

GREELEY - The Greeley City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to ban recreational marijuana within city limits. "To legalize it is one thing, but to ...

Boulder Police Issue 35 Tickets For Smoking On Pearl Street Mall
CBS DENVER -May 22, 2013

BOULDER (CBS4) – Boulder police have issued 35 tickets to possible violators of the new smoking ban on the Pearl Street Mall. The ban went into effect in ...

Boulder police enforce smoking ban on Pearl Street Mall
The Denver Channel - May 21, 2013

BOULDER, Colo. - Boulder police have issued 35 tickets for smoking on the Pearl Street Mall in the six weeks since the city began enforcing its ban on April 1.

Studies show payoff from smoking ban
Pueblo Chieftain - May 20, 2013

Dr. Carl Bartecchi used to keep a poster in his Pueblo examination rooms of a line of animals, all showing their not-so-pretty rear ends to the camera. The last photo was of a stubbed-out cigarette and the caption read, "Some Butts Are Ugly." Bartecchi was 64 when he put his weight behind the smoking ban in 2003 and he was a well-known scold against tobacco. A faculty member at the University of ...

Ten years after the smoke cleared
Pueblo Chieftain - May 20, 2013

Nobody really wants to go back to the bad old days of smoke-filled restaurants, bars and public events. "Asking me if I wanted to sit in a 'no-smoking' section of a restaurant was like asking me if I wanted to swim in the 'no-peeing' part of a swimming pool," one Pueblo man joked when reflecting on the 10-year-old smoking ban. "We should have had it sooner."

Pueblo led way for others: Local smoking ban followed by state law ...
Pueblo Chieftain - May 20, 2013

Pueblo wasn't the first community in Colorado to restrict smoking — Boulder had a rule on smoking in restaurants, as did Aspen. Tiny Louisville had even ...

Cripple Creek looks to return of gamblers, tourists
Colorado Springs Gazette - May 20, 2013

Cripple Creek saw a slight year-over-year increase in gaming revenues last year for the first time since 2004, albeit only a half percent. While gaming revenues fell 5.3 percent in the first quarter of 2013 vs. a year earlier, casino owners and town officials believe the stable economy, a better housing market and pent-up demand for fun and travel will drive gamblers back to casinos. …. While the economy is improving, there are other hurdles Cripple Creek still must overcome. The 2008 smoking ban continues to hurt revenues after casinos, which were originally exempt from the ban, were included later. Many gamblers smoke, said Murphy from Bronco Billy's. When they leave for cigarette breaks, it takes time away from gambling. "The ban had a huge impact on the industry," Murphy said. "You can still see the effect in Cripple Creek."

Council faced recall and repeal vote
Pueblo Chieftain - May 19, 2013

The night City Council approved the smoking ban, Councilman Bob Schilling ... "I told her I'd become the swing vote on the smoking ban and that I'd voted for it," ...

Council broadened smoking ban in a flash
Pueblo Chieftain - May 19, 2013

Pueblo's smoking ban was no accident, no sudden flash of lightning, although its boldness — to ban smoking in all public places — was a last-minute decision ...

Pueblo led way going smokeless
Pueblo Chieftain - May 19, 2013

There are children as old as 10 in Pueblo today who have never smelled cigarette smoke in a restaurant or bowling alley or any other public place because Pueblo citizens had a political bar fight a decade ago that transformed the Steel City into the most vigorous anti-smoking city in the state.

Turn and face the strange ch-ch-changes
Boulder Weekly - April 18, 2013

On Nov. 6, 54.8 percent of Colorado voters passed Amendment 64, The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, which allows adults to possess, consume, buy and grow marijuana in small quantities for personal use. Washington state passed a similar law that day, the first two states to legalize marijuana consumption for adults in American history. The nation’s, indeed the world’s eyes, as they say, are upon Colorado. … One of the amendment’s strengths is that it doesn’t try to shove pot down anyone’s throat. You can’t smoke in public, and private smoking clubs are already involved in legal battles. Some municipalities have already exercised their right to ban commercial sales within their borders, Lafayette among them. …

Legal pot draws tourists to Colo., Wash., for 4/20
Anchorage Daily-News – April 15, 2013

Thousands of people are expected to join an unofficial counterculture holiday celebrating marijuana in Colorado and Washington this coming weekend, including out-of staters and even packaged tours. The events and crowds will test the limits of new laws permitting pot use by adults. …

RAMSEY: Yes! Smoking departs Security Service Field
Colorado Springs Gazette - April 3, 2013

… Starting Thursday, those who smoke will have their own special place outside Security Service Field, home of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. Comfortable chairs and plentiful ashtrays await smokers, but notice I said their special place is outside the stadium. …

Boulder begins enforcing Pearl Street Mall smoking ban
Morning Call, Denver Business Journal - April 2, 2013

…the city could educate the public about the ban, and until "no smoking" signs could be erected on the pedestrian mall between 11th and 15th streets. Violating the ban carries a maximum penalty of a $500 fine …

CSU student government explores tobacco ban
Rocky Mountain Collegian - April 1, 2013

A smoke-free future may be coming to CSU. The Associated Students of CSU is hosting the latest in a series of tobacco forums to gather student and faculty input on the matter, with CSU Health Network representatives slated to be in attendance. …

Boulder begins enforcement of Pearl Street Mall smoking ban today
The Daily Camera - April 1, 2013

Enforcement of the ordinance banning smoking along Boulder's Pearl Street Mall begins today, a little more than a week after the first "No Smoking" signs were put up along the pedestrian mall. …

City Council faces 2 critical issues Tuesday
Colorado Springs Gazette - March 26, 2013

…During Monday’s informal hearing, Kyle Sauer of the city attorney’s office, presented recommendations from Gov. John Hickelooper’s task force on state constitutional Amendment 64, which legalizes the recreational use of marijuana. The task force delivered its final report March 13 and offered recommendations to local municipalities on topics such as licensing, taxation and regulations on pot cultivation facilities. The group failed to reach conclusions on driving under the influence of marijuana, social pot smoking clubs, law enforcement guidelines for seizing illegal plants and definitions for the terms “openly and public” in regards to consumption. …

Wash., Colo. bars test limits of legal pot laws
Bismarck Tribune – March 26, 2013

John Connelly, left, inhales marijuana vapor just after midnight Saturday, March 2, 2013, with the help of bar worker Jenae DeCampo, right, in the upstairs lounge area of Stonegate, a pizza-and-rum bar in Tacoma, Wash. Owner Jeff Call charges patrons a small fee to become a member of the private second-floor club, which prohibits smoking marijuana, but does permit “vaporizing,” a method that involves heating the marijuana without burning it. Last fall, Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize marijuana use for adults over 21. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) …

Boulder to begin enforcing Pearl Street Mall smoking ban April 1
Daily Camera-by Mitchell Byars - March 22, 2013

Enforcement of the ordinance banning smoking along Boulder's Pearl Street Mall will begin April 1, city officials announced Thursday as they began rolling out the first "No Smoking" signs along the pedestrian mall late this week. …

Mall smoking ban enforcement delayed
Boulder County Business Report - March 21, 2013

BOULDER - A delay in the manufacturing of "No Smoking" signs has postponed the enforcement of a smoking ban on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder that went into effect Jan. 18. Enforcement will begin Monday, April 1, after the signs are installed on the outdoor mall during the last week of March. They were ordered in December. …

Sky Sox Security Service Field To Be Smoke-Free
KKTV 11 News-March 20, 2013

As of their season opener on Thursday, April 4, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox says their facilities will be smoke-free. All areas inside the stadium gates at ...

Barry Aaron: No signs posted for Pearl Street smoking ban
The Daily Camera - March 15, 2013

Back in December, the City Council voted to ban smoking on the Pearl Street Mall, with much support from us non-smokers who relished a breath of fresh air while strolling the mall. The ban was supposedly to go into effect in January. So, can someone on the council please explain to us why we are now in mid-March, some two months after the ban -- and three months after the vote -- and the city still can't get a single sign erected so that the long-awaited ban can actually be enforced? …

Tourists May Soon Be Flocking to Colorado­Not to Ski But to Smoke Pot with the help of Potstores.com
DigitalJournal.com (press release) - March 1, 2013

Tourists and vacationers who once poured onto Colorado's ski slopes, breathed in its fresh air and snapped hundreds of pictures of beautiful mountain scenery may soon be visiting Colorado for another reason­to enjoy the legal purchasing and smoking of March ijuana. Potstores.com reports that with the passage of Colorado's Amendment 64, Colorado's economy is expected to grow enormously due to the ability of people living out of state to visit Colorado and legally purchase and smoke pot without fear of being arrested. …

Colo. shop owner: Let customers smoke pot
UPI - February 23, 2013

A tea shop owner is suing Lafayette, Colo., challenging a city ordinance prohibiting pot smoking by her customers. … Veronica Carpio, owner of the Front Tea & Art Shop, says she doesn't plan to sell marijuana but does want to assist customers in smoking it. …

Glenwood City Council nixes pot shops and smoking lounges for now
Aspen Business Journal - February 23, 2013

… Still, several smoking lounges and cannabis clubs have already opened on the Front Range. Club 64 was the first that opened on Jan. 1 just north of downtown Denver. The club doesn’t sell pot but charges a membership fee for people who want to gather ...

CU Boulder enacts campus smoking ban
Denver Business Journal (blog) - February 7, 2013

Smoking's been banned for years in the buildings on campus. The new policy, which takes effect Aug. 19, extends the ban to the entire campus. CU may decide ...

CU-Boulder makes smoking ban official, will create designated smoking areas
Ban begins with educational phase, goes into effect Aug. 19
Daily Camera – February 6, 2013

Chancellor Phil DiStefano signed the University of Colorado's no-smoking policy Wednesday, making the school the second in the Pac-12 with such a ban. … There are now roughly 1,130 college campuses across the country that are smoke-free with no exemptions, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, a California-based group. A majority are smaller or mid-sized campuses. But momentum is building, said Liz Williams, a project manager for the foundation. "I think the reason some larger schools may not have implemented smoke- or tobacco-free policies is because it takes longer to consider and adopt policy changes," she said. …

Chancellor signs CU-Boulder no-smoking policy
San Francisco Chronicle – February 6, 2013

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) ­ The chancellor of the University of Colorado, Boulder has signed a policy that would generally ban smoking on campus starting Aug. 19. … The American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation based in California says there are roughly 1130 college campuses around the country that are smoke-free. …

Fort Collins considers outdoor smoking ban for bar and restaurant patios
The Denver Channel - February 5, 2013

The city of Fort Collins is considering an outdoor smoking ban for bar and restaurant patios, part of a larger statewide trend to restrict smoking in outdoor areas. ... "Colorado is seeing a great trend towards expanding their local indoor smoke-free laws and ordinances to include outdoor areas," said Char Day with Americans for NonSmokers' Rights. … Fort Collins isn't the first Colorado city to consider a smoking ban on bar and restaurant patios. At least eight cities, including Avon, Arvada and Edgewater already have similar bans in place, according to Americans for NonSmokers' Rights. …

Fort Collins weighs ban of outdoor smoking at bars, restaurants
The Coloradoan-by Trevor Hughes - February 5, 2013

Fort Collins is considering whether to ban all outdoor smoking at restaurants and bars. … City officials are now surveying bar and restaurant owners and their employees and will send surveys to 1,000 randomly selected residents. Anyone who wants to participate in the survey can find it online. City staffers say they intend to bring a proposal to the City Council by early summer. …

Associated Students of CSU still in preliminary stages of possible ...
Rocky Mountain Collegian - February 5, 2013

A little over two years since an eight-question tobacco survey was distributed to approximately 2,500 students in fall semester of 2010, CSU student government is still in the process of exploring the possibility of a tobacco-free campus. …

Smoking ban in Fort Collins could be expanded
Northern Colorado Business Report - February 4, 2013

Smoking on a bar patio in Fort Collins could soon become illegal under a potential expansion of the city's smoke-free ordinance. …

CU Boulder Joins Pearl Street With Smoking Ban
KUNC - February 2, 2013

This will be the first full week of a campus wide smoking ban at the University of Colorado. Administrators say it will be enforced through education and ...

CU's smoking ban could affect students' daily habits
cuindependent - February 1, 2013

Although smoking cigarettes negatively impacts a person's health, many students partake in the addictive activity regularly. CU strives for a healthy campus, but ...

CU-Boulder student leaders concerned about lack of student feedback on campus smoking decision
Colorado Daily - February 1, 2013

The University of Colorado Student Government expressed concerns about the lack of student opinion included in a campus-wide smoking ban, which university officials said will be approved early next week. University officials originally said Chancellor Phil DiStefano would sign the policy by Friday, however university spokesman Bronson Hilliard said Thursday night that the chancellor would sign the ban when he returns from travel next week. …

Radio 1190: Smoking ban close-up
cuindependent - January 29, 2013

I sat down with Radio 1190 News Underground‘s Joseph Oria Monday evening to discuss updates on the upcoming CU Boulder campus smoking ban, which Chancellor DiStefano will reportedly sign by Friday. Listen to the show for updates and additional information. …

Approval expected for smoking ban at CU-Boulder
Denver Business Journal - January 29, 2013

University of Colorado Chancellor Phil DeStefano is expected to approve a policy this week that would ban smoking on the Boulder campus, the Daily Camera ...

CU Boulder To Go Smoke Free
KKTV 11 News - January 29, 2013

Administrators had considered enacting a campus-wide ban on tobacco but changed to a no-smoking policy after the CU Student Government denied support ...

CU-Boulder plans to approve campus-wide smoking ban this week
The Daily Camera - January 28, 2013

CU-Boulder plans to approve campus-wide smoking ban this week ... about banning chewing tobacco on campus since it only affects the person using it, while ...

Boulder campus goes smoke-free by end of the week
cuindependent-by Alison Noon - January 28, 2013

The university known for an annual 4/20 smokeout will become smoke-free this week. Chancellor Philip DiStefano is signing a policy banning smoking on the CU Boulder campus on or before Friday, according to university officials. …

Boulder: Pearl Street ban in effect, but 'no smoking' signs not ready yet
The Daily Camera-Jan 23, 2013

The smoking ban on the mall is in effect, but the order for the signs detailing the new ... The ordinance bans all smoking -- whether tobacco or marijuana -- on the ...

Smoking Ban On Pearl Street Mall Goes Into Effect In Boulder
CBS4 Denver - January 18, 2013

Boulder is now banning smoking on the Pearl Street Mall. A new law passed last month prohibits smoking on the four blocks of the mall and the lawn of the Boulder County Courthouse. …

Most major US airports that allow smoking won't kick the habit
NBCNews.com – January 18, 2013

Smoking is still allowed in specific areas at the five major U.S. airports detailed in a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that showed air pollution levels that are significantly higher than those at non-smoking airports. … "In general, smoking is limited to a handful of hub airports," said Bronson Frick, associate director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. "The list is pretty small. Ten years ago, smoke-free airports were something of an anomaly." …

Pueblo requiring license to sell smokeless tobacco
Pueblo (CO) Chieftain - January 17, 2013

Pueblo-area businesses that offer non-cigarette tobacco products, such as electronic cigarettes or snuff, need to buy a new city license to do so. City Clerk Gina Dutcher's office is contacting nearly 170 local stores to remind them to purchase a $100- ...

STYLER: Guest commentary: The other second-hand smoke
Boulder (CO) Daily Camera - Jan 16, 2013

All I ask is that you be considerate when you're thinking about smoking marijuana in public, at a concert, or in a shared-wall apartment building. It's not that people like me have moral objections, hate your freedom, or want to be "narcs." It's simply t

Only one smoking lounge remains open at Denver International Airport; 3 closed in 2012
The Denver Channel – January 14, 2013

DENVER - Three smoking lounges at Denver International Airport closed in 2012. … According to a news release from Denver International Airport, the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation says 27 of the top 35 U.S. airports are 100 percent smoke-free indoors. …

Council dissenter Broderick won't seek re-relection
The Durango Herald - January 12, 2013

As a conservative in a liberal town, Paul Broderick probably had the most one-against-four votes of any of the city councilors within the last four years, opposing restrictions on outdoor smoking as well as fees and charge increases for franchise agreements and 911 services. …

No dope allowed in and around Winter X Games, say Pitkin County ...
Aspen Daily News - January 10, 2013

Pitkin County commissioners want the public to know that it is still illegal to smoke pot in public areas around the 2013 Winter X Games, despite state voters passing an amendment permitting marijuana use last year. …

Frontier House Goes Tobacco Free
Northern Colorado 5 - January 8, 2013

Greeley, CO –The Frontier House and the Weld County Tobacco Program celebrate the passage of the Frontier House's tobacco-free campus and grounds policy. Frontier House, a program of North Range Behavioral Health, uses the Clubhouse Model to help individuals participate in their own recovery process by working and socializing together in a welcoming environment. ...

Marijuana clubs open in Colorado for members-only group smoking
Associated Press - December 31, 2012

Club 64, in an industrial area just north of downtown Denver, opened at 4:20 p.m. on Monday, with some 200 people signed up. The opening came less than 24 hours after organizers announced they would charge a $29.99 admission price for the bring-your-own pot club. … Colorado’s marijuana amendment prohibits public consumption, and smoke-free laws also appear to ban indoor smokeouts. But Club 64 attorney Robert Corry said private pot dens are permissible because marijuana isn’t sold, nor is it food or drink. ...

Colorado's Casinos Reach Five-Year Anniversary of Smoke-Free Air!
PR Newswire - December 28, 2012

New Year's Day 2013 will mark the five-year anniversary of smoke-free air for patrons and employees of Colorado's 40 casinos located in the cities of Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek. More than 9,000 people are employed by Colorado's smoke-free casinos. Casino employees are much happier and healthier since the smoke has cleared and ashtrays have been removed. Reduced health care costs, fewer sick days and improved employee morale are just some of the benefits of casino workplaces without ...

Local family at odds with Housing Authority over smoking
KOAA NBC 5/30 (Colo. Springs/Pueblo, CO) - December 22, 2012

...Rose says the smoke from her neighbors apartments at the Senior Heritage Plaza are damaging her health. Senior Heritage is a rent controlled housing unit subsided with federal funds from the Housing and Urban Development Department …

Greccio offers first smoke-free apartments
Colorado Springs Independent (blog) - December 19, 2012

The nonprofit Greccio Housing, a major provider of low-income housing in Colorado Springs, is announcing its first smoke-free apartment building. …

Boulder's Pearl Street Mall smoking ban gets final approval
Colorado Daily-by Erica Meltzer - December 19, 2012

A smoking ban on the Pearl Street Mall received final approval from the Boulder City Council on Tuesday night. The council already had approved the smoking ban earlier in the month, but because of a technical issue, it required a third reading. …

Boulder City Council approves Pearl Street smoking ban
kwgn.com - December 18, 2012

BOULDER, Colo. –The Boulder City Council approved a cigarette smoking ban Tuesday night for the Pearl Street Mall. The new outdoor smoking ban takes ...

What Legal Marijuana Means For Colorado: Common Questions ...
Huffington Post - December 18, 2012

Can an adult smoke pot in public? How about in the privacy of their home? …
No, an adult cannot smoke marijuana publicly. Amendment 64 provides that nothing shall permit consumption that is conducted openly and publicly or in a manner that endangers others. Adults are able to consume marijuana in their homes, but their landlords could act to restrict this action. …

Take smoking ban to voters
Daily Camera - December 16, 2012

Three years ago I became a member of the Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery, a cooperatively owned and operated business on the Pearl Street Mall. My role at ...

Fred Rubin: Smoking ban is another law without teeth in Boulder
Daily Camera - December 12, 2012

The Boulder City Council is about to enact another nearly 100 percent meaningless ordinance that will deprive some citizens of another of their rights--their right ...

Boulder County bans smoking on downtown courthouse lawn
Daily Camera - December 11, 2012

Smoking also was already banned inside county vehicles. The county's outdoor smoking ban outside its downtown Boulder properties complements one the ...

CU-Boulder: Student government's opposition won't snuff smoking ban
Daily Camera - December 8, 2012

University of Colorado officials still will move forward with plans for a campus-wide smoking or tobacco ban, despite student leaders' opposition. CU's student ...

From the editorial advisory board: Smoking bans
Daily Camera - December 8, 2012

Starting in January, smoking will be banned on the Pearl Street Mall. The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a ban on smoking on the four blocks of the mall and the lawn of the Boulder County Courthouse. The University of Colorado is also exploring a ban on smoking on its campus. What do you think?

CU-Boulder student leaders reject campus smoking ban
Denver Post - December 7, 2012

University of Colorado student leaders Thursday night decided against supporting plans for a tobacco-free campus. The student government voted down a resolution that would have supported the administration's plan for CU to join the majority of other schools in the Pac-12 that have tobacco-free campuses. The measure failed 6-8. Ultimately, the campus could still ban tobacco, but university leaders wanted direction from students. …

Louise P. Dudley: Smoking ban discourages smokers overall
Daily Camera - December 7, 2012

The ban on smoking on the Pearl Street Mall should be considered a measure to discourage people, especially young people, from smoking, not an attack on "personal freedom" as suggested by Barton Swanson (Open Forum, Dec. 6). …

Barton Swanson: Smoking ban -- City Council is playing nanny
Daily Camera - December 6, 2012

When are the people of Boulder going to rein in their politicians? Boulder City Council seems to have a never-ending need to micromanage our lives. One by one, they take away our personal freedoms. The latest: smoking on the Pearl Street Mall. Where next, smoking in parks? …

Boulder to ban smoking on Pearl Street Mall
Colorado Springs Gazette - December 5, 2012

BOULDER ­ A measure to ban smoking on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder has won ... Proponents said the smoking ban would reduce litter and protect people ...

Boulder City Council Delays Outdoor Smoking Ban
CBS Denver 4 - December 5, 2012

(CBS4)- A final vote on the proposed outdoor smoking ban along the Pearl ... He says outdoor bans have already been successful in California and Minnesota.

Virtual Editorial Board: Smoking bans
Daily Camera - December 5, 2012

This week's question: Starting in January, smoking will be banned on the Pearl Street Mall. The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a ban on ...

Boulder bans smoking on Pearl Street Mall
Longmont Daily Times-Call - December 5, 2012

Smoking will not be allowed on the Pearl Street Mall starting in January. The Boulder City Council gave unanimous approval Tuesday night to a ban on smoking on the four blocks of the mall and the lawn of the Boulder County Courthouse. Because of a technical issue, the ordinance will require a third reading, which is expected to happen Dec. 18, and the measure will go into effect 30 days later. …

Boulder snuffs out smoking on Pearl Street Mall
Bizjournals.com - December 5, 2012

You'll see balloon sculptors, contortionists, guitar players and a guy pretending to be a golden cowboy statue on Boulder's Pearl Street Mall next year, but no smokers. That's if people obey a smoking ban tentatively approved unanimously late Tuesday by the Boulder City Council. The Boulder Daily Camera reports that the ban ...

Boulder to rule on Pearl Street smoking ban
Denver Post-by Erica Meltzer - December 4, 2012

BOULDER ­ The Boulder City Council is expected to vote Tuesday to ban smoking on the Pearl Street Mall, which could be the first step toward prohibiting smoking in many outdoor areas. …

Boulder considering smoking ban on Pearl Street Mall
Fox 31 KDVR.com - December 3, 2012

City Council members are expected to approve a proposed smoking ban on Pearl Street during Tuesday's City Council meeting. It's a ban that's been in the ...

Smoking ban could prohibit people from lighting up on CU campus
kwgn.com - December 2, 2012

BOULDER, Colo. – Students at the University of Colorado may no longer be able to smoke on campus. The Daily Camera reported that CU-Boulder's student ...

Boulder council expected to approve Pearl Street smoking ban this week
Daily Camera-by Erica Meltzer - December 3, 2012

More info: There will be a public hearing on the proposed smoking ban on the ... banning smoking on the Pearl Street Mall and in other public, outdoor areas. …

CU-Boulder edges closer to campus smoking ban
9NEWS.com - December 2, 2012

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - The University of Colorado at Boulder is edging closer to a ban on smoking anywhere on campus after the university's student ...

Region Briefs: University of Colorado nears a smoking ban
Durango Herald – December 2, 2012

BOULDER - The University of Colorado at Boulder is edging closer to a ban on smoking anywhere on campus after the university's student government offered its initial support of the proposal. …

CU student government gives support to making campus a tobacco-free zone
Boulder Daily Camera – December 1, 2012

BOULDER ­ The University of Colorado might ban smoking anywhere on the campus. …

Letters to the editor: Durango discriminates against smokers
Durango Herald – December 1, 2012

Quit picking on our bar! 8th Ave. Tavern is our favorite, even though we don't smoke or sing: friendly locals, great location, fun times with karaoke. What's with Durango? You love all those pot smokers and discriminate against cigarette smokers who ...

Student leaders support tobacco-free campus as CU-Boulder weighs smoking ban
Denver Post-by Erica Meltzer - November 30, 2012

CU's student government gave initial support to a resolution Thursday night calling for the Boulder campus to become a completely tobacco-free zone, and top ...

CU contemplates making Boulder campus tobacco-free
Denver Business Journal - November 30, 2012

Smoking on the University of Colorado's Boulder campus may be snuffed out, the Daily Camera reports. A student government resolution calling for the campus ...

Council targets nicotine: firms selling non-tobacco products must be licensed March 1
Pueblo Chieftain - November 29, 2012

Pueblo City Council on Monday unanimously passed an ordinance that will require licensure of all businesses that sell nontobacco products that are infused with or dispense nicotine. The new law will take effect March 1 and will apply to hookah lounges and retail outlets that sell electronic cigarettes and other products containing nicotine or nonsmokable forms of tobacco. Many such products are marketed heavily to young people. …

Wheat Ridge: City considers smoking ban
Our Colorado News - November 28, 2012

A new rule in Wheat Ridge may be a breath of fresh air for residents. The Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreation Commission is advocating for a rule prohibiting smoking in certain locations. “The latest compromise would be that smoking would be banned from all parks, open spaces and playgrounds in Wheat Ridge, as opposed to Breathe Easy’s proposal of banning it from everywhere,” said Parks and Recreation Commission Chairperson and District III Representative Guy Nahmiach. …

Smoke-free Durango
Durango Herald – November 24, 2012

Final passage of the Smoke Free Ordinance was approved by the Durango City Council on Tuesday night on a 3-1 vote. This ordinance creates a smoke-free environment on city-owned playgrounds, parks, recreation fields and picnic pavilions as well as...

Council OKs Durango's smoking ban
Durango (CO) Herald - Nov 21, 2012

The Durango City Council on Tuesday gave final approval to a ban on smoking in most public places, including the Animas River Trail.

DIA travelers subjected to secondhand smoke, CDC study says
Denver (CO) Post - November 20, 2012

A study by the Atlanta-based CDC showed that five of the 29 largest airports in the U.S., including DIA, subjected travelers and workers to measurable levels of smoking-related particulates near designated smoking areas. ...

Smoke-free Eldora, Vail resorts open
Boulder County Business Report (CO) - November 19, 2012

Smoking is banned in lift lines, on the lifts and within 15 feet of decks and buildings around the Nederland ski area, resort officials said. The ski area has a ...

CSU smokes less than Boulder, more than Colorado
Rocky Mountain Collegian (CO) - November 13, 2012

The question of whether CSU should become a 100 percent smoke-free campus has become a topic of discussion for the Associated Students of CSU after the ...

Durango to Consider Smoking Ban
KREX News Channel 5 (CO) - November 11, 2012

DURANGO, Colo.- The Durango City Council is set to consider a smoking ban in public outdoor spaces including bus stops, playgrounds and the Animas River ...

Durango Weighs Outdoor Smoking Ban In Public Spots
CBS Denver - November 11, 2012

(AP) — The Durango City Council is set to consider a smoking ban in ppublic ... Golf Course or outdoor religious ceremonies performed by Native Americans. ...

Durango considers smoking ban for outdoor public areas
kwgn.com - November 11, 2012

Durango considers smoking ban for outdoor public areas ... with exceptions for Hillcrest Golf Course and outdoor religious ceremonies performed by Native Americans. ... Proceeds would go to anti-tobacco and smoking-cessation efforts.

City smoking ban slated for adoption
The Durango Herald - November 9, 2012

A ban on smoking in public places, such as bus stops, playgrounds and picnic pavilions, might go into effect as soon as Dec. 5. The City Council is scheduled to adopt the ordinance Nov. 20. The law then would be effective 10 days after advertised in The Durango Herald on Nov. 25. …

NOREEN: Many non-smokers voted to legalize pot
Colorado Springs Gazette - November 9, 2012

It is stunning that 53 percent of Colorado voters supported the legalization of marijuana on Tuesday. We all know that the percentage of pot smokers is far less ...

Durango public sites going smoke-free
KRQE - November 7, 2012

DURANGO, Colo. (KRQE) - While Colorado voters legalized recreational marijuana Tuesday, lawmakers in Durango don't think people should be allowed to ...

CU says pot ban will continue despite election
NorthJersey.com - November 8, 2012

The University of Colorado has no plans to change its ban on a marijuana gathering next April. University ... The new law bans smoking marijuana in public. …

Durango council passes smokefree parks ordinance

To view city council meeting regarding Durango Smoke-Free Ordinance go to: http://www.durangogov.org/index.aspx?nid=146 - November 5 City Council Regular Meeting, and click "video". Scroll to 1:57 minutes into the meeting to hear deliberations and vote on ordinance. ….

Council to consider licensing e-cigarette vendors, hookah lounges
Pueblo Chieftain - October 20, 2012

City Council next month will consider requiring licensing all businesses that sell non-cigarette tobacco products such as e-cigarettes. The new ordinance, if passed, also would apply to hookah lounges. …

Pearl Street smoking ban moves ahead
Denver Post - October 18, 2012

BOULDER ­ A proposed smoking ban on the Pearl Street Mall took a step forward Tuesday night when the Boulder City Council gave it initial approval, but one ...

City butts out of bar, eatery patios
Smokers oppose proposed smoking ban
Durango Herald – October 17, 2012

Durango City Council on Tuesday was told to “butt out” of bar owners’ livelihood with an “excessive” outdoor smoking ban in most public outdoor areas, such as saloon patios. …

Pearl Street Mall smoking ban moves forward, but jail time in question
Denver Post - October 16, 2012

A proposed smoking ban on the Pearl Street Mall took a step forward Tuesday night when the Boulder City Council gave it initial approval, but one council ...

NOREEN: Look, there's a trial balloon, and it's smoking
Colorado Springs Gazette - October 15, 2012

If Colorado voters add legalized marijuana to the state constitution, could a smoking ban in Acacia Park be challenged on constitutional grounds? …

Lifting the veil on an Acacia Park smoking ban
Colorado Springs Independent (blog) - October 12, 2012

…But what about that smoking ban in Acacia? Isn't that just aimed at smokers of all stripes? Handen says that personally, he'd love to see smoking banned just ...

TOWN HALL: Don't ban smoking in park (poll)
Colorado Springs Gazette - October 11, 2012

We need fewer laws and less government in Colorado Springs. So please, don't enact a smoking ban in Acacia Park. Mayor Steve Bach floated the possibility ...

Mayor Bach: Ban smoking in Acacia Park?
Colorado Springs Gazette - October 11, 2012

Mayor Steve Bach added to his long wish list for downtown Colorado Springs on Wednesday when he threw out the idea of a smoking ban in Acacia Park. …

Smoking ban in Acacia Park under review
KOAA.com Colorado Springs and Pueblo News - October 10, 2012

Some Acacia Park regulars have no doubt a ban would change the atmosphere there. "If smoking was banned this park would definitely cease to be a hang-out ...

Boulder County commissioners back Pearl Street Mall smoking ban Denver Post - October 9, 2012

Boulder County commissioners back Pearl Street Mall smoking ban ... endorsed the idea of banning outdoors smoking on downtown Boulder's Pearl Street Mall, ...

City Council needs a format for deliberating about risk
Durango Herald - October 6, 2012

... It is important for the City Council to develop a format for addressing risks because this community has several ideologically driven groups that do not have adequate empirical evidence to back up their risk concerns but will press for restrictions or special favors. The recent proposal to ban outdoor smoking by Lasso Tobacco Coalition is a prime example of a restriction without a scientific justification. Such a risk-assessment format will not inhibit Durango from instituting restrictions or providing incentives where warranted, only ensuring that they are based on hard evidence rather than scare tactics or ideology.

Banning smoking at Colorado State would be wrong
Rocky Mountain Collegian - October 5, 2012

Smokers are annoying. It’s basically a fact. No one walks by a row of people lighting up, smells that gross combination of nicotine, tobacco and rat poison only cigarettes can deliver, and thinks “I wish this happened ­ everywhere ­ all the time.” … Banning smoking at Colorado State would be wrong ...

CSU student government mulls over banning smoking
Rocky Mountain Collegian - October 4, 2012

Fifty-three percent of students and 63 percent of faculty and staff reported that they were likely to support a smoke-free policy on campus, according to a student government and university survey on tobacco use presented to the Associated Students of CSU Senate Wednesday night. …

Boulder Continues Consideration Of Smoke-Free Pearl Street Mall
CBS Local - September 30, 2012

BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – Boulder's Pearl Street Mall could become the first outdoor space in the state to ban smoking. A lot of complaints have been coming in ...

Explaining how people selfishly pollute our campus with their ...
Rocky Mountain Collegian - September 27, 2012

“I absolutely love walking through the Eddy-Clark corridor, the smoke-filled atmosphere just serves to really refresh me on my way to class” ­ said no one, ever. Last week the Collegian ran an article reporting on how CSU was considering banning tobacco products, and it is definitely an annoying issue that needs addressing. While I believe that banning all tobacco products on campus is a bad idea and ultimately not necessary, something needs to be done to address the cigarette smoking that currently takes place everywhere. ...

Boulder airs complaints about Pearl Street Mall smokers
Bizjournals.com - September 27, 2012

The few residents who attending a meeting about a proposal to ban smoking on Boulder's Pearl Street Mall said they were in favor of the idea, the Daily Camera reports. …

Pearl Street Mall smoking ban aired at Boulder open house
Daily Camera – September 26, 2012

Only a few Boulder residents attended an open house Wednesday on a proposed Pearl Street Mall smoking ban, but their position was clear: Cigarettes should be snuffed out. The ban will appear on the Boulder City Council agenda Oct. 16, and then again for a public hearing Nov. 15. …

Pearl Street Mall smoking ban aired at Boulder open house
Denver Post - September 26, 2012

Only a few Boulder residents attended an open house Wednesday on a proposed Pearl Street Mall smoking ban, but their position was clear: Cigarettes should ...

Reader Poll: Should smoking at most public outdoor areas be prohibited?
Durango Herald – September 27, 2012

Yes – I don’t want to be around smoke …

Public conversation: Banning outdoor smoke controversial, but has ...
Daily Camera - September 26, 2012

Boulder passed its smoking ban in indoor public spaces in 1995, 11 years ... Smoking is already banned near doorways of businesses, to keep outdoor smoke from ... There are many similar examples of smoking bans in outdoor spaces that ...

Thank you for not smoking?
Durango Herald - September 25, 2012

It also would restrict smoking at enclosed and open-air patios of businesses and ... have been very supportive of banning smoking at restaurant patios because they ... Exceptions to the ban would be made for private homes, entranceways for ...

Editorial: Boulder's outdoor smoking ban would go too far
Denver Post - September 24, 2012

Boulder's consideration of an outdoor smoking ban unacceptably circumvents personal liberty. …

Boulder plans open house on smoking ban proposal
KOAA.com Colorado Springs and Pueblo News - September 21, 2012

(AP) - The city of Boulder is considering a proposal to ban smoking along the four blocks of the Pearl Street Mall and on the Boulder County courthouse lawn.

Boulder considers Pearl Street smoking ban
9NEWS.com - September 21, 2012

A proposed ordinance would prevent smoking along the four blocks of the mall and on the ... If approved, the ban would go into effect by the end of the year. …

Should CSU ban tobacco?
Rocky Mountain Collegian - September 20, 2012

The university's tobacco policy is being revisited by student government officials seeking public opinion on whether smoking should be banned from CSU. …

Boulder to hold open house on proposed Pearl Street Mall smoking ban
Daily Camera - September 20, 2012

The city of Boulder will host an open house next week on a proposed ban on smoking along the four blocks of the Pearl Street Mall, as well as on the county courthouse lawn. …

City aims to screen more smoke
Our Colorado News - September 20, 2012

The last City Council meeting brought new ideas to the table regarding efforts to strengthen the smoking ban in Wheat Ridge. Guy Nahmiach, a member of the Parks and Recreation Commission, represented the group at the meeting and asked council to support making a rule pertaining to smoking in parks and open spaces, instead of a law. The rule would make it possible for community members to ask individuals who are smoking to stop, but there would be no legal enforcement. …

Pueblo Council to consider tobacco ordinance for minors
KRDO - September 19, 2012

Some tobacco retailers in Pueblo may be required to buy an additional license to pay for enforcement of sales to minors. ... smokeless tobacco for two reasons: Pueblo risks losing state tax revenue if it regulates cigarette sales, and smokeless tobacco may be easier for minors to acquire before moving on to cigarettes.

Audit: Colo. used tobacco taxes for smoking bans
Associated Press - August 27, 2012

Auditors on Monday questioned whether Colorado health officials are following the law by giving money from tobacco taxes to help local initiatives barring smoking in public beyond what's already prohibited by state law.

Coalition asks for stronger smoke-free laws
Our Colorado News - August 24, 2012

Wheat Ridge businessowners and residents shouldn’t hold their breath over getting stronger smoking prohibitions. Three residents spoke to the City Council during its Aug. 13 meeting, saying they wanted stronger smoke-free laws in outdoor public areas in the city, including parks, public events, bus stops, sidewalks, outside restaurants and stores. Mayor Jerry DiTullio said while he agrees with the ban on indoor smoking passed by Gov. Bill Owens in 2006, he does not believe banning outdoor smoking would be best for residents or businesses. The issue is not on an agenda for the City Council to consider. …

In a smoke-filled room...
Cigarettes are banned from bars and restaurants. Could apartments be next?
Colorado Springs Independent (CO) - August 1, 2012

Nationwide, many faces and names are attached to the latest battle in the smoking war, but in Colorado Springs one woman personifies the issue.

Elizabeth Reed is known to government officials for her long-winded speeches at City Council meetings, her barrages of e-mails to the Housing Authority of the City of Colorado Springs, her petitions and badgering.

"[The Housing Authority] is trying to kill my mom," Reed, a part-time geriatric caregiver, writes in one of her many e-mails to the Independent, "and the smokers are happy to help." ...

Ask city to pass clean outdoor air ordinance
By Jean Barlett
Durango Herald, July 31, 2012

Imagine a town with beautiful, tree-lined streets, a river running through it, and parks and trails that invite outdoor recreational activity for all ages and interests. …

Secondhand smoke: Pay attention to myths
Pueblo Chieftain - July 24, 2012

Secondhand smoke is something that should not be taken lightly. Cigarette smoke exposure to nonsmokers, especially children, is detrimental to their health. It is important to realize there are many misconceptions surrounding secondhand smoke, which are referred to as the Four Myths of Secondhand Smoke. …

Keep smoking out of city's outdoor spaces
The Durango Herald – July 19, 2012
By Char Day

I want to express my support for removing exemptions from the Colorado’s Clean Indoor Air Act and making Durango’s parks, playgrounds, patios and trails tobacco-free. Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights tracks all the smoke-free laws in the country, and one of the fastest growing policies protecting public health is that of eliminating the harm of secondhand smoke in one or more outdoor areas. There are 2,215 states, commonwealths, territories, cities and counties with laws that restrict smoking in one or more outdoor areas, including 1,573 that restrict smoking in public outdoor places such as parks and playgrounds. …

Vail Daily letter: Don't they understand?
Vail Daily News - June 28, 2012

Last night I was at the Vail Hot Summer Night concert, and I saw at least a half dozen people smoking cigarettes out in clear view, outside the venue. I approached some of the people smoking cigarettes, and they claimed they did not know about the outdoor cigarette smoking ban (maybe it needs to be on the front page of the Daily). …

Residents upset about second-hand smoke
9NEWS.com - June 4, 2012

Two years ago when a smoking ban went into effect at the Aurora Village apartments, a HUD complex that houses seniors and disabled people, Sally Frontera thought she'd be able to breathe easy. But, according to the apartment building, several people are grandfathered in by HUD rules and still allowed to smoke. ...

TMH tobacco-free policy revised
Craig Daily Press - June 1, 2012

A policy that prohibits smoking on The Memorial Hospital grounds is still set to go into effect next month, but with a few changes. …

Editorial: Punitive ban on smoking at DIA
Denver Post - May 24, 2012

The American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation counts at least 250 smoke-free airports. And we understand that such bans are often an expression of the values ...


Denver council advances airport lease amendments to cut smoking ...
Denver Post - May 24, 2012

Three of the four indoor smoking lounges at Denver International Airport have agreed to go smoke-free by the end of the year, and, in return, their leases will be ...

Denver airport to clear air by cutting back on smoking lounges
By Ann Shrader
Denver Post, May 19, 2012

By year's end, Denver International Airport will be nearly smoke-free, with all but one of the four indoor smoking lounges closed. … DIA Manager of Aviation Kim Day said 27 of the top 35 U.S. airports are smoke-free, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. …

Denver airport moves toward becoming smoke-free
Associated Press
CBS 5 NewsChannel, May 18, 2012

… The American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation says 27 of the top 35 U.S. airports ban smoking indoors. …

Denver International Airport to phase out indoor smoking
9news.com, May 18, 2012

Denver International Airport is on its way to becoming smoke-free. ... "The smoking rooms and ventilation systems don't protect people from the effects of second-hand smoke," Bronson Frick, associate director for Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights said. "This is about everyone's right to breathe clean-indoor air." As of April, 27 of the top 35 U.S. airports are 100 percent smoke-free indoors, according to the American Non-Smokers Rights Foundation. ...

Smoking ban reduced maternal smoking and preterm birth risk
Science Codex - May 10, 2012

New Rochelle, NY, May 10, 2012­A citywide ban on public smoking in Colorado led to significant decreases in maternal smoking and preterm births, ...

Longmont celebrates Cinco de Mayo
Longmont Daily Times-Call - May 5, 2012

... Park on Saturday for what one of the organizers said may be the only alcohol-free, drug-free and tobacco-free Cinco de Mayo celebration in Colorado. …

City adopts tobacco measure
Our Colorado News - May 4, 2012

It’s going to get a whole lot harder for teens to buy non-cigarette tobacco products in Golden. After months of discussion and overwhelming support from community members, Golden is implementing restrictions not seen anywhere else in Jefferson County concerning the sale of non-cigarette tobacco products. …

Colorado returns $46 million to cancer-fighting programs
Denver Post - May 1, 2012

The money will quickly boost tobacco "quit lines" for Colorado, ... a new licensing requirement for tobacco stores selling non-cigarette products like snus ...

Smoking debate lights up City Council meeting
The Durango Herald - April 11, 2012

By Jim Haug The Durango City Council was urged to extend the smoking ban to the ... Banning smoking from restaurant patios might force more smokers to the ...

Lakewood tightens some smoking rules, rejects others
Denver (CO) Post, 2012-04-11 Author: Michael Booth

The Lakewood City Council agreed to tighten some public smoking rules late Monday night but rejected efforts to take the restrictions as far as health advocates wanted them to go.

The 5 Best Cities in US for Anti-Smokers or … The 5 Worst Places ...
Denver Post (blog) April 11, 2012

The Lakewood City Council on Monday night passed an ordinance that extended the smoking ban around public entrances from 15 feet to 25 (businesses and ...

New Smoking Ban Likely For Boulder City
TopNews United States - Apr 9, 2012

They are of the view that they might soon put across this ban in their own city ... bans, which shall automatically restrict people from smoking somewhere. …

Boulder Leaders Mull Expanding Smoking Ban
KMGH Denver - Apr 8, 2012

Boulder officials are looking into the possibility of banning smoking in more ... to adopt broad anti-smoking measures when, in 1995, it banned smoking in ...

Boulder considers outdoor smoking ban
kwgn.com - Apr 8, 2012

BOULDER ­ It isn't easy to find a place to smoke indoors in Colorado. Now city leaders in Boulder want to light up a new ban in outdoor areas as well. …

BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – The city of Boulder is considering making ...
CBS Local - Apr 8, 2012

The city of Boulder is considering making its smoking ban even tougher. … Boulder was one of the first places in the state to ban smoking in bars, restaurants and work places in 1995. ( credit : CBS )

Smoking ban: Boulder leaders, businesses look to snuff out tobacco in public
Daily (CO) Camera - Apr 7, 2012

If Boulder's mayor has his way, smoking may soon be snuffed out along the Pearl Street Mall and, perhaps, in all public parks and city open space properties. … Restaurants with more than 30 seats are required to provide a non-smoking section. 1989: Ordinance revised to ban smoking at indoor shopping malls and ...

Group’s ordinance would ban smoking in Horse Gulch, parks, etc.
Horse Gulch Blog, March 17, 2012

A proposal to ban smoking on Durango’s open-space lands proposed by the Lasso Tobacco Coalition met opposition from the City’s Natural Lands and Preservation Advisory Board Monday. ...

Page, II, R.L.; Slejko, J.F.; Libby, A.M., "A citywide smoking ban reduced maternal smoking and risk for preterm, not low birth weight, births: a Colorado natural experiment," Journal of Women's Health [Epub ahead of print], March 8, 2012.

This study compared maternal smoking, low birth weight, and preterm births findings in Pueblo and El Paso County, Colorado. Pueblo adopted a clean indoor air ordinance on July 1, 2003. The authors claimed improved maternal and fetal outcomes, measured as maternal smoking rates and preterm births, in Pueblo. Compared to El Paso County, the odds of maternal smoking and preterm births were 38 percent ( p < 0.05) and 23 percent ( p < 0.05) lower in Pueblo.

Colorado public health researchers push for even tougher anti-smoking rules
Denver (CO) Post, 2012-03-07
Michael Booth

Citizens and public health advocates want to impose new, airtight smoking restrictions at doorways, restaurant patios and open park space, bolstered by studies showing remarkable heart attack reductions in cities with strict laws. ...

Lakewood considering no-smoking restaurant rules
NEWS.com - March 7, 2012

(AP) - A proposal for the Lakewood City Council to limit smoking at restaurants is dividing politicians, business owners and nonsmokers. ...

 

Denver International Airport Smoking Lounge

Lakewood will not force cigar, hookah bars to close
Denver Post (CO)- February 8, 2012

... of secondhand smoke in their business," said Ward 5 Councilman Tom Quinn. ... council included extending the 15-foot no-smoking perimeters from public ...

Business Owners, Workers Hope Council Heeds Their Concerns
Nancy Braden
Denver (CA) Post, Lakewood Hub, February 2, 2012

Because of exemptions in the State and Local smoke-free workplace laws, there are still workers who have to breathe secondhand smoke where they work or smoke from neighboring businesses that allow smoking. The Citizens for a Healthier Lakewood Coalition has reached out to employees and businesses in Lakewood to hear their concerns. Businesses have expressed that having smoke inside certain Lakewood businesses has negatively affected their business, exposing workers and their customers to unwanted smoke intrusion. …

Bruintjes, G.; Bucher Bartelson, B.; Hurst, P.; Levinson, A.H.; Hokanson, J.E.; Krantz, M.J., "Reduction in acute myocardial infarction hospitalization after implementation of a smoking ordinance," American Journal of Medicine 124(7): 647-654, July 2011.

This study examined the impact of Greeley, Colorado's smokefree ordinance on hospital admissions for acute myocardial infarction. The authors found a reduction in heart attacks of 27 percent overall, with a greater reduction among smokers than among nonsmokers, and noted that, "a smoking ordinance in Greeley, Colorado was associated with a significant decrease in acute myocardial infarction hospitalizations of a magnitude identical to ordinance enactment in Pueblo, Colorado. No differential impact on type of myocardial infarction was noted. In contrast to prior studies, the reduction in acute coronary events was magnified among smokers. Like all prior studies, the current analysis demonstrates only an association between an ordinance and acute myocardial infarction incidence rates. A causal relationship cannot be proven, given the possibility of unmeasured confounding and secular trends."

Guest Commentary: Five years of the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act
Denver Post - Chris Urbina - July 1, 2011

We envision a state where smoking is rare and exposure to secondhand smoke rarer yet. So, let's take a moment to breathe deeply and celebrate our cleaner, safer Colorado air. Then let us move forward to create an even healthier, more smoke-free ...

Smoking ban has improved business, health many Coloradans say
Colorado Springs Gazette - Dave Philipps - June 30, 2011

“Our people will go out of business in droves,” Chuck Ford, director the Colorado Licensed Beverage Association, which represents the state's bar and tavern owners, told the Rocky Mountain News in 2006 after the smoking ban bill passed. ...

City weighs tobacco
Council debates request to limit youths' access to nicotine
Cortez (CO) Journal, 2011-05-12
Reid Wright Journal Staff Writer

The Community Youth Coalition was at it again Tuesday, this time dressed as faux game show contestants buzzing in to answer questions about tobacco in front of the Cortez City Council. ...

E-cigarette age limit signed into law in Colorado
Associated Press (AP), 2011-03-25

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the age restriction into law Friday, making e-cigarettes off-limits for people under 18. ...

Fruita rejects smoking ban in city parks
Grand Junction Sentinel - Paul Shockley - November 16, 2010

The Fruita City Council rejected an ordinance that would have banned smoking in city parks, with Mayor Ken Henry casting the deciding vote for a divided council.

“This thing goes too far,” Henry said in voting “no” Tuesday night. While finding “legitimate health considerations” in a ban and saying the issue likely will come before council again, Henry expressed concern that proponents didn’t show up Tuesday night.

“In the future, I would hope the people concerned about smoking would come talk to us,” Henry said.

Henry joined council members Mel Mulder, Lori Buck and Bruce Bonar in opposition. Council members Stacey Mascarenas, Terry Moss and Bob Fuller voted for the ban ...

Citywide Smoking Ban Contributes to Significant Decrease in Maternal Smoking, Pre-Term Births
Newswise (press release) - November 9, 2010

Newswise — New research released today takes a look at birth outcomes and maternal smoking, building urgency for more states and cities to join the nationwide smoke-free trend that has accelerated in recent years. According to the new data, strong smoke-free policies can improve fetal outcomes by significantly reducing the prevalence of maternal smoking.

The study, which was presented today at the American Public Health Association’s 138th Annual Meeting & Exposition in Denver, compared maternal smoking prevalence in one Colorado city where a smoking ban has already been implemented to that of a neighboring city where there is no ordinance.

Researchers from the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy collected data from mothers residing in Pueblo, Colo., before and after a citywide smoking ban took effect. Results show a 23 percent decrease in the odds of preterm births and a 37 percent decrease in the odds of maternal smoking in Pueblo following the ban. Birth outcomes in El Paso County, Colo., however, showed no such drop during the same time period. Findings in this first-ever study in United States reflect similar findings as national data from Dublin, Ireland ...

Fruita considers banning smoking in city parks
Grand Junction Sentinel - Mike Wiggins - October 20, 2010

The city of Fruita is contemplating banning smoking in all city parks, a potential crackdown that could reignite a debate that pits protection of personal freedoms against protection of public health.

City Council members voted 4-2 Tuesday night to hold a public hearing and possibly vote Nov. 16 on the ordinance, which would prohibit smoking or tobacco in any form in any city-maintained park. Council members Lori Buck, Bob Fuller, Stacey Mascarenas and Terry Moss approved the ordinance on first reading and agreed to the public hearing. Council members Bruce Bonar and Mel Mulder voted against the ordinance.

Mayor Ken Henry said the proposed ordinance grew out of complaints about people smoking during Little League baseball and softball games at Little Salt Wash Park ...

Smoking around hospitals gets smoked
City Council approves permanent ban on smoking around hospitals
Denver (CO) Daily News, 2010-10-19
Peter Marcus, DDN Staff Writer

Dr. Charles Brantigan hates that "stinking fume" that wafts from cigarettes.

Yet, the Denver critical care physician spoke yesterday before the Denver City Council in opposition to a bill aimed at removing a sunset provision to a city ban on smoking on the public rights-of-way adjourning hospitals.

The City Council voted 11-2 last night to back removing the sunset provision, making it permanently illegal to smoke cigarettes around hospitals in Denver, to the ire of Dr. Brantigan.

While the doctor hates cigarettes and smoking, he doesn't believe the city should prohibit smoking around hospitals. The reason is not because he believes people should be able to smoke where they want, but because he says the city doesn't do its job enforcing the smoking ban around hospitals in the first place. ...

U.S. Supreme Court lets theater smoking ban stand
Denver (CO) Post, 2010-05-24
John Moore and Jessica Fender The Denver Post

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review what has been called the first state court decision upholding the extension of a smoking ban to theatrical performances.

"We're certainly disappointed, but not surprised," said petitioner Chip Walton, founder of Denver's Curious Theatre. He's lost at every judicial level since his four-year campaign began.

Most recently, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled 6-1 in December that the state's ban on smoking extended to actors onstage. It ruled that public health trumps freedom of expression. Theater companies had argued that smoke that lingers on stage is crucial to set a mood, develop character or establish a time period. ...

Wheat Ridge could go smoke-free
kwgn.com - John Romero - May 16, 2010

WHEAT RIDGE - Being outside may not be a free pass any more if you want to light up. The city of Wheat Ridge is considering a number of proposals to ban or limit smoking in some outside, public areas.

What Ridge City Council took nine recommendations from community and medical groups as well as the Jefferson County Department of Public Health. The recommendations include banning smoking in bus shelters, and restaurant patios, eliminating smoking within 25 feet of a business' front door (it's 15 feet now), banning smoking at public parks and golf courses, and limiting kids' access to tobacco. ...

Wheat Ridge considers banning patio smoking
Westword (blog) - Jessica Chapman - May 4, 2010

Last night, at a study session of the Wheat Ridge City Council, members considered making significant revisions to the town's smoking ordinance, including banning smoking on outdoor restaurant and bar patios.

"The council provided staff direction to bring the ordinance forward to the regular council meeting," says Heather Geyer, the city's public information officer.

The proposed ordinance would extend the city's current smoking ban to include a number of public spaces, among them bars and "retail food production and marketing establishments." The current ordinance only bans smoking in certain "enclosed, indoor" facilities. ...

Smoking issue revisited
Valley Courier Online - Ruth Heide - April 22, 2010

ALAMOSA — Toting a large bag of cigarette butts, a group of local youth asked the Alamosa city council this week to consider an ordinance limiting smoking in public places such as parks.

The youth said at least half of the cigarette butts they picked up in city parks were located around playground areas or on ball fields.

The council did not make a decision this week regarding the request but decided to hold a future work session to discuss it further ...

National theater group urges high court to allow smoking in performances
Denver (CO) Post, 2010-04-18
John Moore The Denver Post

New York's Theatre Communications Group, a national service group representing 700 theater companies and 13,000 individuals, has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to rule in favor of three Colorado theater companies arguing that smoking within the context of a theatrical production is a First Amendment right of free expression.

Curious Theater, Paragon Theatre and the now defunct Theatre 13 have engaged in a four-year legal battle to win an exemption from Colorado's statewide indoor smoking ban for smoking during theatrical performances. ...

Boulder library commissioner seeks to extend smoking ban -
Change would take support of City Council
Colorado Daily, 2010-03-16
Heath Urie Camera Staff Writer

Smokers who congregate near the entrance to the Boulder Public Library are creating a hazy barrier to families who want to use the facility, the chairman of the library commission said.

Steve Topping, who has served on the Boulder Library Commission for the last seven years, said the city should consider extending the no-smoking area at entrances.

Boulder has a citywide ordinance that prohibits smoking within 15 feet of any city building, but Topping said that's not enough.

"We have parents and their youngsters coming into the library and sometimes people step outside to smoke, and it's a bit intimidating," he said. "We want on the commission and the library staff for everyone to feel that they can come to the library and that it's easy." ...

Bar owner finds long-sought smoking ban loophole
Colorado Springs (CO) Gazette, 2010-03-09
CARLYN RAY MITCHELL THE GAZETTE

A fierce opponent to the statewide smoking ban from its impetus in 2006, Hicks racked up a series of tickets and legal costs as he blatantly and publicly defied the law, which prohibits smoking in all public indoor places. In September, a judge ruled housing CJ's Tobacco Shop within Murray Street Darts, 609 N. Murray Blvd., exempted the business from the ban.

Hicks says he won.

"We did find the loophole. CSPD is not going to enforce the smoking ban at Murray Street Darts," Hicks said.

Finding such a loophole was a fervent quest by many bar owners across the state when the law passed in spring 2006. Many claimed the ban would put them out of business. . . .

With Hicks' "win," there are now two bars in Colorado Springs where you can legally smoke and drink indoors. The other, 15C, which advertises itself as a "Martini & Cigar Bar," houses more than two dozen humidors and collects more than 5 percent of its annual sales from tobacco, making it a "cigar bar" as defined by the smoking ban.

On the whole, the ban isn't an issue for most businesses, with even some of the most vocal opponents falling into compliance. ...

Is it smoky out there?
Telluride (CO) Daily Planet, 2010-02-04

Norwood business owners last week received a notice from the Town of Norwood of an air quality complaint. The complainant said that the Town was not enforcing a 2006 Colorado State Statute -- the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act -- that prohibits smoking in public places.

"We did not get one negative response [to the notice]. All the businesses are willing to comply," said Norwood town clerk Gretchen Wells.

In the letter, the Town reminded business owners of the requirement that smoking must take place at least 15 feet away from any business entrance. There are potential fines for both owners and smokers not complying with the statute, though businesses with indoor specified and approved vent areas could allow smoking inside. ...

Smoking ban on council's agenda
Pueblo Chieftain - February 1, 2010

City Council is scheduled to get a report Monday night on the economic impact of the city's ban on smoking in public places.

The report is the first item on a short agenda for the weekly work session to begin at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall. ...

Denver theater company to take smoking ban case to Supreme Court
Denver (CO) Post, 2009-12-30
John Moore Denver Post Theater Critic

Denver's Curious Theatre will petition the U.S. Supreme Court for the right to smoke non-tobacco products in its theatrical productions, artistic director Chip Walton announced Wednesday.

For three years, Curious has unsuccessfully argued in various courts that it should be exempt from the state's indoor smoking ban, contending that smoking is a form of creative expression that should be protected under free-speech rights.

But in a 6-1 vote Dec. 14, the Colorado Supreme Court refused to grant live theaters an exemption, saying the promotion of public health supersedes the right to free speech. . . .

There is no guarantee the Supreme Court will hear Curious' petition, which Walton expects to be filed in March.

Curious says it has never argued for the right to smoke actual tobacco products. The company, along with co-plaintiffs Paragon Theatre and the now defunct Theatre 13, asked instead to be allowed to smoke noncarcinogenic herbs ...

Colorado Supreme Court upholds ban of smoking on stage
Jessica Fender The Denver Post
Denver (CO) Post, 2009-12-15
Jessica Fender

In the first decision of its kind, the Colorado Supreme Court on Monday extinguished hopes that theater actors would be exempted from a statewide smoking ban after all but one justice voted to uphold lower-court decisions barring cigarette use in performances.

The move ends a three-year state fight in which a coalition of state and national theater groups argued in multiple courts that the ban infringed on free-speech rights and interfered with their abilities to accurately produce plays.

Six justices found that regardless of whether onstage smoking is a form of expression, the ban on smoking in public places is constitutional because it aims to promote public health rather than stifle free speech.
No other state supreme court has decided a case involving a free-speech opposition to a state smoking ban, according to attorney A. Bruce Jones, who said his theater-company clients have not ruled out seeking a U.S. Supreme Court decision on the topic. . . .

"Obviously, we're very disappointed and don't agree with the decision," Walton said. "It doesn't appear that the court recognizes the negative impact this smoking ban has on live theater." ...

Low-income rentals in Boulder may become smoke-free
Boulder Housing Partners follows county's lead
Colorado Daily, 2009-12-05
Laura Snider Camera Staff Writer

Just a few months after Boulder County instituted a smoking ban at its low-income rental properties, the city's housing authority is talking about following suit.
Staffers at Boulder Housing Partners are now developing a plan for how they might transition the 1,000 rental units they own and operate to no-smoking accommodations. They plan to take the proposal to the nonprofit's board for feedback in February or March.

"We're trying to be super sensitive to our residents and how this might impact people," said Tim Beal, director of housing services for Boulder Housing Partners. "We deal with folks who have sensitivities on both sides of the issue."
At the urging of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, housing authorities across the country are beginning to go smoke-free, Beal said. . . .

Local activist Seth Brigham, who used to live in rental housing owned by Boulder Housing Partners, said the city's plan to follow the county's no-smoking lead concerns him. The policy could discriminate against those with mental illnesses, he said, since it's more difficult for them to overcome addictions. ...

Campus-wide ban on smoking goes into effect
Tobacco-free policy forcing some students, faculty off campus
UC-Denver Advocate , 2009-12-03
Kyle McDaniel

The decision was given the nod by Dr. M. Roy Wilson, chancellor at UC Denver. The first stage commenced April 6, allowing a covered space in the Evergreen Parking Lot on campus for smokers to huddle into during their smoke breaks.

But on Oct. 31, even the "shack," purposed for smoking, was shut down. And although the health effects of smoking are clear today, some were still unhappy with the change.

Kristie Fields, a facilities coordinator at the school, was one of the smokers affected by the policy change.

"A lot of my smoker friends are fit to be tied," she said and laughed. "Mad as can be. We had our little smoking shack. We can't even go there now; we can't even get out of the weather."

The official news release that was posted on the UCD website before the ban went into effect read, "One of our nation's leading causes of disease and death will soon be completely banned from the entire Anschutz medical campus." ...

No more lighting up on campus
The Clarion , 2009-09-22

At the start of the year, smoking on the DU campus will be banned, a decision made by Chancellor Robert Coombe on May 28, following a petition signed by nearly 1,900 community members.

Tobacco products will be banned from all indoor and outdoor areas of campus, including a distance of 25 feet from the campus perimeter.

Although smoking will be prohibited, punishment and violations will be minimal.

The ban extends DU's current policy, which bans smoking within 25 feet of entrances and exits and all university buildings.

"It is important to note that while the university has rules and regulations governing the conduct of its students, faculty, and staff and policies in keeping with current law, it does not regulate legal personal choice unless such choice has a deleterious effect on the community as a whole" Coombe wrote in his letter to the community. ...

Tobacco Prevention Programs to Be Cut
KRDO - Josh Poland - August 31, 2009

COLORADO SPRINGS - Tobacco education funding looks to be on the chopping block as the state balances its budget.

$7-million is likely to be cut from the State Tobacco Education and Prevention Partnership (STEPP). STEPP is a part of Amendment 35---a tobacco excise tax voters approved in 2004. The cuts are able to be made from Amendment 35 because Governor Bill Ritter has declared a fiscal crisis.

Youth programs like the Boys & Girls Club say the move will make it all the more difficult to keep kids smoke-free.

"The kids wouldn't know as much as they do now," says Cassandra Romero, a former Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year. ...

Smoke-free library in Castle Rock
YourHub.com - Sheila Kerber - July 22, 2009

The Philip S. Miller Library is now smoke-free inside and outside. Inside Douglas County Libraries has always been a smoke-free environment but now the library has created a buffer zone of 100 feet from entrances to allow our patrons a smoke-free environment as they enter and leave the library. This action was taken in response to concerns raised by many library users. ...

Council snuffs out tobacco ban
Smoking still allowed outdoors
Valley Courier Online (CO), 2009-07-06
RUTH HEIDE

A tied vote during the Alamosa city council's most recent meeting defeated a resolution to prohibit tobacco use in Alamosa city parks and other outdoor recreational areas owned by the city.

Youth from the Get R!EAL Coalition had asked the council to expand the city's clean air ordinance.

The proposed resolution before the council last Wednesday would have prohibited all tobacco use including cigarettes and chewing tobacco on city-owned parks, playgrounds and other open recreational areas such as ball fields and trails.

The resolution stated the measure was necessary to protect citizen health particularly children using the city parks and ball fields, and to provide a positive role model for youth. ...

Pearl Street Pub wins smoking case, but there's a catch
Colorado Daily - May 13, 2009

BOULDER, Colo. — The word "and" allows smoking on the Pearl Street Pub's patio, but "both" could snuff it.

A Boulder District Court judge this month agreed with pub owner James Sonn's interpretation of the word "and" in Colorado's smoking ban, and ruled that it made his business a cigar bar, which meant he could allow patrons to smoke on the patio.

But the patio isn't awash in blue smoke yet. Sonn's lawyer, Ronald Jung, said he's reviewing the Boulder City Council's updated smoking ordinance, approved this spring, which might keep Sonn's and other patios smoke-free. ...

City Talks Safety At DIA Smoking Lounges
cbs4denver.com - March 26, 2009

The City of Denver is talking with the operators of smoking lounges at Denver International Airport and anti-smoking groups about safeguarding people who work in the restaurants and bars after tests of the air quality in the lounges were conducted 9 months ago.

The current discussion focuses on creating an area inside the current smoking lounges that separate workers from the smoke. But that could still expose cleaning and maintenance staff to the polluted air.

Health advocate groups want a total ban on indoor smoking at DIA. The city is against that idea.

"To not have smoking at this airport could potentially cause us to lose traffic," said Patrick Heck, Denver's deputy aviation manager.

Smokin' not: Boulder council passes expanded ban
Lighting up now banned on covered patios, near all entrances
Colorado Daily, 2009-03-17

A measure to further limit smoking at bars and restaurants won unanimous approval from Boulder 's elected leaders Tuesday, with several saying they want to expand the city's decade-old smoking ban to include parks, the Pearl Street Mall and open space parcels.

"I think from what I've been hearing there are communities really ready to move beyond this and really look at having a smoke-free downtown mall area and other public places," City Councilwoman Susan Osborne said.

Those proposals are set to come before elected leaders in mid-2010, but Osborne said she'd like to consider them sooner. No action was taken to reschedule them, however.

Boulder smoking ban could extend to covered patios
City Council considers revised measure Tuesday

Smoking at Boulder's bars and restaurants would become an even rarer sight under a measure the city's elected leaders are considering this week.

The measure, which the Boulder City Council will consider on first reading Tuesday, aims to bring the city's ahead-of-its-time smoking ordinance in line with the state smoking ban that passed in 2006.
It would make two existing regulations stronger, said Brett Weideman, the city's code-enforcement supervisor.

Now, state law bans smoking within 15 feet of the "main entrance" of a building. The measure Boulder's leaders are considering would extend that ban to all entrances, Weideman said.

The measure would also make sure smokers can't light up on enclosed porches or balconies in the city. The law today doesn't define "enclosure," so it's legal to smoke on patios covered in canvas, for example.

Smoking ban might be eased
Rocky Mountain News, CO - January 22, 2009
Portions of Colorado's 2 1/2-year-old indoor-smoking ban could be in jeopardy under a bill expected to be introduced soon.

The bipartisan measure would classify bars, restaurants, racetracks and parts of casinos as cigar-tobacco bars if they have a humidor and make 5 percent of annual gross income or $50,000 in annual sales from tobacco products. Patrons would be required to buy the cigarettes or cigars they smoke at these bars.

The Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act, passed in 2006, bans smoking in most indoor locations in the state, and a 2007 law nixed puffing at casinos, which had been exempt from the original legislation.

Sponsors of the measures said they were meant to protect workers' health.

But the original legislation exempted cigar bars, and establishments ranging from dive bars to casinos tried to use the loophole to allow patrons to light up.

The new bill would clarify the definition of such bars - and expand it.

Heart attacks expected to decline due to Colorado law on smoking
Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO), 2009-01-01
Bill Scanlon, Rocky Mountain News

New evidence suggests that heart attacks will be in sharp decline in Colorado in 2009 thanks to the statewide smoking ban enacted two and a half years ago.

A study out of Pueblo, endorsed by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that hospitalizations for heart attacks continue to plunge there, five years after the city enacted its ban in 2003.
Several cities, including Pueblo, found that heart attacks went down in the 18 months after a smoking ban began. But the new study looked at the next 18 months - a total of three years of data - and found that:

* Hospitalizations for heart attacks fell another 19 percent from early 2004 to mid-2005, after dropping 27 percent in the first 18 months of the ban.

* Hospitalizations in Pueblo County - not including the city - and in neighboring El Paso County were tallied as a way of comparison. Those two counties, which did not have smoking bans at the time, did not show significant changes. ...

State high court to review stage smoking ban
Denver (CO) Post, 2008-12-12

The Colorado Supreme Court has agreed to review the constitutionality of the statewide smoking ban as it is applied to live theater performances. This is the first victory in a 2-year legal battle between three local theater companies and the Colorado Department of Health.

Curious Theatre, Paragon Theatre and Boulder's Theatre 13 argue that smoking onstage is expressive behavior protected by the First Amendment. A Denver District judge rejected that argument in October 2006, and a three-member appellate court followed suit last March.

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Colorado Smoking Ban
AP, 2008-01-30, Colleen Slevin, AP Writer

A federal appeals court rejected a challenge of Colorado's smoking ban on Tuesday, concluding that state lawmakers acted rationally when they exempted smoking lounges at Denver International Airport from the ban.

In November, a coalition of over 500 bars, taverns, fraternal orders and other groups asked the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the ban. They argued Colorado's Clean Indoor Air Act discriminated against them by banning smoking in their buildings while still allowing it casinos and cigar bars as well as the DIA lounges.

The law has since been changed to ban smoking in casinos and that objection is now moot, Judge Mary Beck Briscoe wrote in Tuesday's ruling.

Unless a law infringes on fundamental rights, Briscoe said states have "wide latitude" in deciding who is and who isn't covered by it.

Court rules in favor of smoking ban
Denver (CO) Post, 2007-08-15
Howard Pankratz Denver Post Staff Writer

A district court judge ruled today that the state has the right to ban smoking where it sees fit -- a decision that dashed the efforts of an Adams County topless club to permit smoking by its patrons.

"The public interest in protecting the health of non-smoking patrons from harm...is a legitimate exercise of the state's police powers," said District Judge Chris Melonakis.

The Oasis Cabaret in Adams County had won a widely reported victory in April when Adams County Judge Robert S. Doyle ruled the state's smoking ban was unconstitutional because of an exemption for cigar bars.

Casino smoking ban gets Ritter's approval: Governor vetoes plan to loosen requirements for state ID
Colorado Springs (CO) Gazette, 2007-06-02
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It will be easier to breathe in Colorado casinos next year, but not easier to get a driver's license.

Gov. Bill Ritter signed several major pieces of legislation on Friday, including a ban on smoking in casinos that takes effect Jan. 1. But he also vetoed five bills, including a much-debated measure that would have allowed the use of more types of documents to receive state identification.

Democrats had lobbied for the casino smoking ban, House Bill 1269, after the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act passed last year with an exemption for gambling halls, as well as cigar bars and smoking lounges at the Denver International Airport. Bar owners said it put them on the downside of an uneven playing field, and casino employees complained that they felt their health was not considered as important as that of other workers.

"We felt the employees were discriminated against, that they were treated like second-class citizens when this exemption was included," said Stephanie Steinberg, chairwoman of Smoke-Free Gaming of Colorado. "Now, they feel like they're first-class citizens again."

Editorial: smoking ban will survive test
Rocky Mountain News, May 21, 2006

The neighborhood tavern owners who hope to persuade the courts to overturn Colorado's smoking ban face long odds, and for good reason.

The bars base their promised legal challenge on a fanciful view of the U.S. Constitution - that a smoking ban covering many but not all private businesses violates the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause.

Even if we bought the taverns' argument, courts have rarely overruled legislation that is clearly designed to protect public health. And from what we have learned, the courts have never tossed out a duly enacted smoking ban on constitutional grounds.


Will Denver go smokefree? Check out John Lehndorff's January 14th Rocky Mountain News column. Visit www.smokefreedenver.org to get involved.

Advocates in Colorado attended an ANR Advanced Smokefree Training in 2004. Smokefree experts from across the state met to learn even more about secondhand smoke science, grassroots power, and campaign strategy. Advocates shared experiences and new ideas for how to strengthen the smokefree movement in Colorado. For more information on ANR Advanced Trainings, please contact us.

Dr. Bill Sova, President of the Pueblo, Colorado City Council, and champion of Pueblo’s smokefree air law, accepts the ANR 100% Smokefree Award of Excellence on the city’s behalf for its 100% smokefree workplace, restaurant, and bar law.

 

 

Local media coverage of the 100% Smokefree Award of Excellence presentation to the Louisville, CO City Council by the Louisville Get REAL youth coalition in March 2003.

Smokefree Success in Pueblo, CO, May 2003

 

 
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