Our Music and our scene are under attack by the U.S. Government!
The Senate is poised to pass legislation that would give federal prosecutors new powers to shut down raves or other musical events and punish innocent business men and women for hosting or promoting them.
The R.A.V.E. Act (Reducing Americans’ Vulnerability to Ecstasy Act of 2002) S. 2633, sponsored by Senators Durbin (D-IL), Hatch (R-UT), Grassley (R-IA) and Leahy (D-VT), would greatly expand the so- called “crack house statute” and potentially subject innocent business men and women to enormous fines if customers sold or used drugs on their premises or at their events – even if they were not involved in the offenses in any way. If the bill becomes law, property owners, promoters, and event coordinators could be fined hundreds of thousands of dollars if they hold raves or other events on their property.
The act is an attempt by legislators to reduce the illegal use of ecstasy (MDMA) by re-writing the “crack house law” so that it can be better used to shut down raves, clubs, bars, etc.. In addition, this legislation adds a $250,000 civil liability clause to the existing criminal penalties of up to 20 years imprisonment and $500,000 fine. This legislation could have a devastating effect on the electronic dance music community.
This gives the government the power to shut down clubs and arrest the owners, managers, or promoters on the grounds that they are providing these places for the purpose of drug use. Without letting your Senator know to vote against the RAVE act, the bill will force clubs to close, others never to open and no legal raves events to happen at all.