Bar owners from across the western slope opposed to the statewide smoking ban gather in Grand Junction to talk about their plans to file suit.
Bar owners from Grand Junction, Clifton, Parachute, Cedaredge and Palisade say their "mom and pop" operations will be ruined if the ban goes into effect. Sharon Flader owns the triple tree tavern in Clifton and acts as a liaison between the front range and western Colorado for the coalition of equal rights. The non–profit organization has already raised more than 20–thousand dollars to hire legal representation. Bar owners statewide plan to argue that the smoking ban violates the equal protection clause of the 14the amendment of the U.S. Constitution. They plan to file suit early June and hope the case will set a precedent for other states. Under the statewide smoking ban the only places that can still allow smoking after July first are airport lounges, cigar bars and casinos. For more information on the Coalition of Equal Rights contact Sharon Flader at the Triple Tree Tavern in Clifton.