Amend the RAVE Act Petition
Let’s face it, no one goes to Raves or Festivals thinking it will be their last one. The more serious news in the EDM industry is the drug use during these events and the deaths that have occurred. While the Rave Act was meant to protect concert goers time is changing. With that said amendments are asked to be made to make sure there is education and protection for the festival and event promoters and attendees.
“When originally passed, the Act gave law enforcement officials greater power to shut down underground dance parties when promoters were knowingly and intentionally encouraging the use of illicit drugs. However, its current language has created a more dangerous situation today by discouraging legitimate EDM concert and festival organizers from enacting common sense safety measures to protect their patrons. Providing free water and air-conditioned rooms, and allowing drug education and harm reduction services inside their events would save lives. Yet many event organizers are afraid that these actions could be seen as encouraging drug use and therefore subject them to criminal prosecution under the RAVE Act
Significantly, the RAVE Act has achieved its goals. Today, the problem of underground “raves” has largely subsided. At the same time, electronic dance music (EDM) has gone mainstream. EDM concerts and festivals today are huge, multimillion dollar events that attract hundreds of thousands of patrons each year. Although organizers work to keep drugs out and protect their patrons, even their best efforts—and those of law enforcement—cannot prevent all drug use from occurring at these events. (Many people, for example, will consume their drugs even before arriving at the venue.) Because there will always be young people who choose to experiment with alcohol and drugs when they go to music events, it is critical that we adopt a “safety first” approach that emphasizes harm reduction alongside current law enforcement efforts.”
Click the highlighted text to sign the petition to Congress and help amend the act in order to clarify its original intent and ensure it is no longer misinterpreted in ways that jeopardize the health and safety of our youth.