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The Drug Policy Alliance and DanceSafe are teaming up to launch this Amend The RAVE Act Campaign. The Drug Policy Alliance is a key stakeholder in regards to current policy affecting the electronic music and nightlife communities. Specifically, its Music Fan Program seeks to Amend The RAVE Act as a component of its larger #SaferPartying Campaign. Similarly, DanceSafe also seeks to Amend The RAVE Act as a means to open doors to collaborating with event promoters and venue owners to promote health and safety in the electronic music and nightlife communities.
We have identified 7 Reasons to Amend The RAVE Act. Return here every Wednesday for the next 7 weeks to learn more about why we must Amend The RAVE Act! Help us make a difference by sharing and supporting the campaign. Together we can improve the health and safety of our community! Click here to sign a petition to tell Vice President Biden to Amend the RAVE Act and save lives!
What is Amend The RAVE Act?
The Reducing Americans’ Vulnerability to Ecstasy Act, or the RAVE Act, was first introduced in 2002 by then-Senator Joseph Biden. The bill was renamed and passed the following year as the Illicit Drug Anti-Proliferation Act. The RAVE Act expanded the “crack house” laws established in the 1980s to include temporary venues. As a result, festival and other event producers could face criminal and civil charges if they were found to be “knowingly maintaining a drug-involved premise.”
So what does it mean to “knowingly maintain a drug-involved premise?”
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.
The purpose of the Amend The RAVE Act Campaign is to clarify that venue owners and event producers will not be subject to criminal or civil prosecution for implementing basic safety measures as a means to reduce medical emergencies, including those associated with drug use. However, we cannot do this alone. The Drug Policy Alliance and DanceSafe need your help! Help make a change by signing this petition to encourage Joe Biden to make things right.
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