Save the Break Room!

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Raised by 84 people in 50 months
My name is Ryan Connolly and I founded Grassroots Clothing and The Break Room private member club.

As recreational weed became legal, our customers began coming into our storefront asking where they could consume their legal weed. It was happening so often that we decided to convert another space in the back of my shop to a private smoking club so that like-minded members could come together to enjoy weed in private. Each of our members is over 21 yrs. old and agree to abide by the terms and conditions of private membership before being admitted as a member. We also made sure that the members were fully aware that they must BYOB (bring your own bud) and were prohibited from selling any of their weed to another member. It has been our mission to keep weed private and in a safe environment away from kids and the public.

On 4/19/2015 the Denver Police Department came into our shop and shut us down in what seems to be part of a large law enforcement crackdown over the 4/20 holiday. For some reason I received tickets for operating a marijuana business without the proper paperwork and for not complying to the clean indoor air act . Our building is zoned for mixed-use and we have two units in it. One for retail and one for the private smoking club. We do not believe that a private membership club is either a business or subject to the clean indoor air act.

Public vs private consumption of marijuana is still undefined in Denver and law enforcement is resistant to recognizing the legality of private consumption by private club members. We want to re-open the Break Room, but we want to do it legally. We have decided to close down the break room until we get further clarification from their city about their public vs private labels.

We are asking for your help in order to assist funding our defense against the state. We also need assistance paying for the Break Room staff members' employment while it is not in operation. Money collected past our goal will be used to lobby the state legislature to change our current legal system in order to formally allow private smoking clubs and to expand our current Break Room to other cities and hopefully other states one day!

For us, we happen to believe that in the state of Colorado we should be given a private safe place to smoke and keep weed off the streets. No we are not tripping over money from all the water sales and 3 Day Memberships we were selling and yes we put our necks on the line and are now asking for those who believe in our fight to support us so we can keep this fight going..

Sincerely,

Ryan Connolly
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New Section on our website where all proceeds will go to help Save the Break Room! Check it out..

http://grassrootscalifornia.com/product-category/savethebreakroom/

Thanks for all the support!
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“Last week our lawyer, Jeff Gard, met with the Denver City Attorney’s Office to discuss the nuisance abatement letter that they sent the owner of our building. The City of Denver has now strong armed the owner of the building and is forcing him to evict us or to have a case against him for nuisance abatement. The poor landlord wants to work with us, but does not want to get sideways with “city hall.” To make matters worse the City Attorney is not allowing the Break Room to go through the court system on the case before the eviction process is started, even though we believe that the Break Room has not broken any laws in Colorado. We went through steps to separate clothing company and the Break Room by having two different units (one for clothing and one for the break room), two different POS systems, two different staff, two different businesses the City is threatening to kick both Grassroots Clothing and the Break Room out of our 2209 Larimer location. Please help us fight this case as we will not be excepting any plea. We feel this fight is worth the time, money and energy to help bring private smoking clubs to Colorado. Thanks for the continued support, please share and help get the word out or donate if you can. We understand money is tight but we feel this is worth the fight help us save the Grassroots Break Room and Grassroots Colorado (2209 Larimer)!- Ryan May 18, 2015
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Ryan Ruga Connolly Just got a $2500 donation from ChiariforDenver please return the favor and vote for him next week if you live in district 10!
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Raised by 84 people in 50 months
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I'm so sorry to read about the stress you guys are going through. It's not right & I just wanted to show my support.

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