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|Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2002 6:05 pm Post subject: Reducing Americans' Vulnerability to Ecstasy Act of 2002
|This is a bunch of bullshit! If you care about the electronic music scene, make sure your voice is heard!
The RAVE Act - S. 2633
Senate Bill 2633, the Reducing Americans' Vulnerability to Ecstasy Act of 2002 (RAVE Act) targets music promoters and venue managers rather than drug users or drug dealers. Punishing innocent businessmen and women for the crimes of their customers is unprecedented in U.S. history. The federal government can't even keep drugs out of prisons, yet it seeks to incarcerate business owners for failing to keep people from carrying drugs onto their premises.
The RAVE Act also authorizes "such sums as necessary" to the D.E.A. to "educate youth, parents, and other interested adults about the drugs associated with raves". Is it a good idea to put a paramilitary law enforcement organization in charge of educating America's youth about drugs? The head of the DEA, Asa Hutchinson, claims glow sticks and bottled water are "paraphernalia". In an August 3rd, 2002, Los Angeles Times story Hutchinson called the New Orleans State Palace Theatre case a success because the venue was "shut down" and "no longer has raves". When the reporter corrected him pointing out that the State Palace Theatre was in fact both open and hosting raves Hutchinson replied, "Well, it's not the same promoter, though, right?" Again, Hutchinson was wrong.
An increasing number of business owners, medical professionals, legal experts, and electronic music fans are concerned that the RAVE Act is a threat to civil liberties, public health, and freedom of expression.
Senate Bill 2633, the Reducing Americans' Vulnerability to Ecstasy Act of 2002 is an attempt by legislators to reduce the illegal use of ecstasy (MDMA) by modifying U.S. Code Title 21, Section 856 (aka the "crack house statute") so that it can be better used to shut down raves. In addition to expanding the scope of 21 U.S.C. 856 this legislation adds a $250,000 minimum civil liability clause to the existing criminal penalties of up to 20 years imprisonment and possible $500,000 fine. This legislation could have a devastating effect on the electronic dance music community.
S. 2633 was introduced to the Senate on June 18, 2002 by Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE) Chairman of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control and the Senate Judiciary's Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs and co-sponsered by Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA). Later Senator's Durbin (D-IL), Hatch (R-UT), Leahy (D-VT), Lieberman (D-CT), and Thurmond (R-SC) signed on as additional co-sponsors.
On September 13th, 2002, Senator Patrick Leahy withdrew his support of the RAVE Act and is no longer a co-sponsor. On September 24th, 2002, Senator Richard Durbin withdrew his support of the RAVE Act and is no longer a co-sponsor.
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