US Vice President Petitioned To Amend RAVE Act
Back in 2002, then Senator now US Vice President, Joe Biden past the inafmous RAVE act in the United States.
The legislation essentially disallowed any organization from actively testing drugs for content and purity on event grounds. So, organizations like DanceSafe, for example, could not provide their life saving services in a legal way. Of the decade-old legislation, Dancesafe says,
“The original lawmakers apparently intended for the measure to be directed at event producers who were actively involved in selling drugs. However, the law has been interpreted by many event producers (and their lawyers and insurance companies) to mean that basic safety measures (i.e. free water, cool down space, drug education materials, even the presence of DanceSafe!) “prove” that they know drug use is present, and make them vulnerable to prosecution under the RAVE Act.”
Now, in light of the multitude of drug-related festival deaths AROUND THE WORLD (only in 2016, California, Argentina, Australia, and Philippines have all dealt with drug related deaths at major music festivals), DanceSafe and Drug Policy Alliance have opened a petition directly addressing Joe Biden with the intention of amending the RAVE Act. As Biden will be out of office come January 2017, this direct action is pressing and necessary. The initiative is part of Drug Policy Alliance’ wider #SaferPartying campaign and directly references a 2013 Washington DC incident where Shelley Goldsmith died of heatstroke after taking MDMA at an event.
Obviously, the 2002 RAVE Act is part of a wider conversation that transcends electronic music, or even music culture in general, and is much more a product of the (failed) Western approach to narcotic use but, perhaps, as times change, people become more aware to the political and corporate interests that actually create legislation, as well as its relatively simplistic amendment process, the outgoing VP will have enough to understand the error of his ways.
Find more information on the petition HERE