A federal judge permanently blocked federal agents from banning masks, pacifiers, and glow sticks at a local dance venue as part of its nationwide war against rave concerts. The challenge was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in August 2001, after the Drug Enforcement Agency forced a prominent New Orleans club to ban glow sticks and pacifiers, claiming the items were “drug paraphernalia.”
Graham Boyd, Director of the ACLU’s Drug Policy Litigation Project, said that the government had been holding workshops across the country citing the New Orleans case as an example of how to shut down a rave. Boyd called the February 4 decision a “major victory” for free speech rights.
– American Civil Liberties Union: web aclu.org