You had to know that eventually it would be illegal to smoke cigarettes, yet legal to smoke marijuana. You also had to know that San Francisco would get there first:
Smoking anything other than medically-prescribed marijuana at San Francisco street fairs, festivals and other outdoor events held on city property would be banned under new legislation before the Board of Supervisors.
Supervisor Eric Mar said he introduced the proposal because of the health impacts of secondhand smoke when people light up in public.
“It’s widely known that secondhand smoke is responsible for as many as 73,000 deaths among non-smokers each year in the United States, and there is no safe level of exposure,” he said.
Why 73,000? Why not 73,000,000? Or better still, 73,000,000,000?
Event sponsors would be required to post “No Smoking” signs and make “No Smoking” announcements, but Mar said he does not foresee the city being able to actively [enforce] this tobacco ban if it becomes law.
That is, the law is sheer posturing. Yet it still forces people to jump through absurd hoops with the signs and announcements, and moves us one step closer to progressive utopia, in which every conceivable activity will be either mandatory or forbidden.
On a tip from Shawn.