Amend The RAVE Act
The RAVE Act is probably one of the most damaging things to the harm reduction movement in the music community. The reason it is referred to as the as the RAVE act is because of its original title, “Reducing Americas Vulnerability to Ecstasy Act”, when it was adopted by congress in 2003 on the back of a campaign that was led by now Vice President Joe Biden.
The law was intended to address a growing problem in the late 1990s when underground rave promoters frequently encouraged the use of illegal drugs. At the time, it was an expansion of the Crack House laws of the 1980s which would give prosecutors a new tool in going after these nefarious promoter agencies. Now that the problem of the late 1990s has virtually dissipated, it’s time to amend the law.
The campaign to amend the RAVE act began with one Dede Goldsmith in response to the one year anniversary of her daughter Shelley’s death. Shelley had attended a festival in Virginia and had consumed ecstasy. She did not die of an overdose, but from heatstroke. Dede’s goal is to take a “safety first” approach to the overlying problem with these events rather than have another parent experience the pain of losing a child.
We need to get this bill amended so that we can all enjoy a safe environment to enjoy our music. Get your friends and family involved and sign the petition. If you want to learn more about the campaign, Shelley, or sign the petition, just follow this link: www.amendtheraveact.org. If you would like to familiarize yourself with a few of the adulterants that drug dealers use, go to the next page in this article. We tell you what they are and why they are dangerous.
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