Editorial: Lawmakers Target Raves, Not Illegal Drug Use

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Federal and state lawmakers have declared a crackdown on ecstasy use.

But instead of correctly taking measures to target illegal drug use, legislators are missing the mark.

A state bill, AB 1941, would make it more difficult to get a permit for "any electronic dance event of the type commonly referred to as rave parties" that have "500 or more persons."

Separate federal legislation, dubbed the RAVE Act, would bring raves under the federal "crackhouse law," which prohibits providing a place for

illegal drug use.

Ravers should be informed of the effects of ecstasy, and rave organizers should be concerned and more aware about the consequences of drug use, and the health and safety of attendees.

Legislators should put more effort into educating ravers and promoters, rather than threatening them with jail sentences and making it harder to hold events loosely classified as raves.

Laws as restrictive as these may force teenagers and young adults to have private rave parties at home-still without being educated about ecstasy.


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