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BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — Commissioners this week will consider a smoking ban in Boulder County’s large open space, including in parks and trails, that would result in heavy fines.

The commissioners will hold a public hearing on the revision of rules and regulations in the county’s parks and open space at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Boulder County Courthouse (1325 Pearl St.).

Fines would start at $75 and increase to $150 for a second offense and $300 for a third offense.

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It’s one of several potential revisions to the rules and regulations that the Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee have recommended the commissioners adopt.

The general smoking ban would apply to marijuana and tobacco products, and the county would ban “consuming marijuana or any marijuana derivative,” including marijuana-infused food and drink in parks and open space.

Another rule would make it illegal for visitors to parks or open space to leave a dog, cat or other animals inside an unattended vehicle or trailer when it’s extremely hot or cold.