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April 22, 2018

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The R.A.V.E. Act
Last Featured: 6/30/2003

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Known for all night dancing to music with an intense electronic beat, “Raves” are an increasingly popular cultural outlet for today’s youth. While the music is harmless, many argue the drug use at these parties is not – especially the growing trendiness of Ecstasy. Supporters of the R.A.V.E. Act say party promoters know all about the drugs – they point to “cooling off” rooms as proof – and should be held accountable for what happens in their clubs. Opponents caution against sweeping legislation that threatens to mark all owners of clubs, concert halls and even stadiums as criminals if illegal activity takes place on their premises. And youth worry about losing an important aspect of their culture – the Rave.

Graham Boyd directs the ACLU Drug Policy Litigation Project. The Project conducts the only national litigation program addressing civil rights and civil liberties violations arising from the war on drugs. Mr. Boyd is currently challenging restrictions on medical marijuana, the denial of voting rights, and police interference with syringe exchange programs. Mr. Boyd has litigated a precedent setting case involving DEA targeting of rave promoters in New Orleans, an effort that has led to consultation with rave organizers in over a dozen states over the past year.

Terrence Farley is the First Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor and the Director of the Ocean County Narcotics Strike Force in New Jersey. Mr. Farley was instrumental in forming the Strike Force prior to becoming the Director. In 1992, he was named the Director of National Drug Prosecution Center at the American Prosecutors Research Institute. In 1994, was appointed the Director of the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice before accepting his current position. He has served as an advisor to the President's Commission on Model State Drug Laws and is currently a member of the Advisory Council of the National Criminal Justice Association.

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"There is one thing about freedom. Each generation of people begins by thinking they've got it for the first time in history and ends by being sure that the generation younger than themselves have too much of it. It can't really always have been increasing at the rate that people suppose or there would be more of it by now."

— English writer, Dame Rose McCaulay

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The R.A.V.E Act (S. 2633)
Electronic Music Defense and Education Fund
Dance Safe
Ecstasy, Just the Facts
DEA Drug Intelligence Brief
Biden's Bill Targets Rave Promoters
Hearing before the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control
Testimony of Graham Boyd
DEA Congressional Testimony
Generation Ecstasy: Into the World of Techno and Rave Culture
by Simon Reynolds
Justice Talking Tackling Tough Issues
Justice Talking Through the Years
The Right to Bear Arms