[sixties-l] The Orwellian State Again

From: Allen Cohen (SFORACLE@prodigy.net)
Date: Thu Jul 11 2002 - 15:09:42 EDT

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    Stop the Senate From Banning Marijuana Rallies and Other Events

    Take Action at: http://ga1.org/campaign/rave

    The Senate is poised to pass legislation that would give federal
    prosecutors new powers to shut down hemp festivals, marijuana rallies
    and other events and punish business owners and activists for hosting
    or promoting them. The proposed law would also potentially subject
    people to enormous federal sentences if some of their guests smoked
    marijuana at their party or barbecue. It would also effectively make
    it a federal crime to rent property to medical marijuana patients and
    their caregivers.

    The bill, known as the Reducing American's Vulnerability to Ecstasy
    Act (RAVE Act), was just introduced in the Senate on June 18th and has
    already passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. It is moving VERY
    rapidly and could be passed by the Senate as early as this week. While
    it purports to be aimed at ecstasy and other club drugs, it gives the
    federal government enormous power to fine and imprison supporters of
    marijuana legalization, even if they've never smoked marijuana.

    It is urgent that you take action today!


    ** Fax your Senators today. Go to http://ga1.org/campaign/rave
        to find out more.

    ** Forward this alert to your friends, family, and co-workers.

    ** After you fax your Senators, please follow it up with phone calls.
        Tell them you just faxed them a letter in opposition to S. 2633,
        the Reducing American's Vulnerability to Ecstasy Act. Tell them
        that innocent business owners shouldn't be punished for the crimes
        of their customers. Tell them this bill has dangerous anti-civil
        liberties provisions that they need to be aware of, and this bill
        deserves serious debate.

    You can contact your Senators through the Capitol Switchboard at
    202-224-3121. To find out who your Senators are go to:


    The Senate is considering legislation that would give federal
    prosecutors new powers to shut down raves, marijuana rallies and other
    events they don't like and punish businessmen and women for hosting or
    promoting them. The bill (S. 2633), also known as the Reducing
    American's Vulnerability to Ecstasy Act (RAVE Act), is moving very
    rapidly and could be considered by the full Senate as early as this
    week. (A similar bill is also pending in the House.)

    S. 2633, sponsored by Senators Durbin (D-IL), Hatch (R-UT), Grassley
    (R-IA) and Leahy (D-VT), expands the so-called "crack house statute"
    to allow the federal government to fine or imprison businessmen and
    women if customers sell or use drugs on their premises or at their
    events. Property owners, promoters, and event coordinators could be
    fined hundreds of thousands of dollars or face up to twenty years in
    federal prison if they hold raves or other events on their property.
    If the bill becomes law, property owners may be too afraid to rent or
    lease their property to groups holding hemp festivals or putting on
    all-night dance parties, effectively stifling free speech and banning
    raves and other musical events.

    The new law would also make it a federal crime to temporarily use a
    place for the purpose of using any illegal drug. Thus, anyone who used
    drugs in their own home or threw an event (such as a party or
    barbecue) in which one or more of their guests used drugs could
    potentially face a $250,000 fine and years in federal prison. The bill
    also effectively makes it a federal crime to rent property to medical
    marijuana patients and their caregivers, giving the federal government
    a new weapon in its war on AIDS and cancer patients who use marijuana
    to relieve their suffering.

    Health advocates worry that the bill will endanger our nation's youth.
    If enacted, licensed and law-abiding business owners may stop hosting
    raves or other events that federal authorities don't like, out of fear
    of massive fines and prison sentences. Thus, the law would drive raves
    and other musical events further underground and away from public
    health and safety regulations. It would also discourage business
    owners from enacting smart harm-reduction measures to protect their
    customers. By insinuating that selling bottled water and offering
    "cool off" rooms is proof that owners and promoters know drug use is
    occurring at their events, this bill may make business owners too
    afraid to implement such harm-reduction measures, and the safety of
    our kids will suffer.

    The RAVE Act punishes businessmen and women for the crimes of their
    customers and is unprecedented in U.S. history. The federal government
    can't even keep drugs out of prisons, yet it seeks to punish business
    owners for failing to keep people from carrying drugs onto their
    premises. If this bill passes, federal authorities will have the
    ability to scare business owners away from using or renting their
    property for marijuana festivals, as well as any other "politically
    incorrect" event.

    For more information on this bill, go to http://thomas.loc.gov/ and
    under "bill number" search for S2633.

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