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Smoking Ban Heats Up

By: Lauri Martin
By: Lauri Martin

The state-wide smoking ban heats up just as the law is about to take affect in two months. Many Colorado bars owners are trying to take the issue to court.

There was a fundraiser at Rowdy’s Sunday night. The money will go to foot the bill for an attorney. $20,000 was needed and bar owners from all over the state reached that goal.

Bar owners say they oppose this smoking ban because it isn’t fair. "We’re going to take this to court on the basis of constitutional rights and equal rights," bar owner Jim VonFeldt said. He added their rights were violated since casinos are exempt from the ban, set to start July 1st.

Even a loyal bar patron, Steve Glandon, is donating some dough for the cause..."at least $100-$200."

Bar owners believe the government shouldn't have a say what goes on inside a private business. And now, several dozen owners are on a mission. "We can't stop here; we gotta keep going," VonFeldt said.

Another fundraiser will be held in Denver on Tuesday afternoon. Even though they already have enough money to hire the lawyer, it will take thousands more if the case goes to court.


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