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RAVE Act Zealot Backtracks Marginally

Author: Jonty Skrufff (
Saturday, July 19, 2003
Sneaky US politician Senator Joseph Biden retreated slightly over the terms of his notorious RAVE act this week, after civil liberties campaigners deluged him with faxes, following the DEA's first use of the law against a medical marijuana fundraising event.

Civil rights group the Drugs Policy Alliance branded the puritanical Senator a 'career politician' in their latest newsletter though thanked him for at least criticising the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency).

The DEA, meanwhile, also announced they've introduced secret guidelines for using the RAVE act, and stressed innocent promoters have nothing to fear.

"The law applies only to people who knowingly and intentionally allow the distribution, manufacture, or use of illegal drugs at their event," their website says (in response to the FAQ [frequently asked question] 'Is this law trying to close down rave clubs-')

Despite such reassurances, the DEA recently succeeded in legally defining glow sticks and clubbing accessories as drug paraphernalia, indicating that in reality every American club and party host remains incredibly vulnerable if targeted by the secret police style organisation. Their website also pointedly says 'rave goers should be aware that illegal drugs are readily available at many raves'.

Write to Senator Biden at this address:

Honorable Joseph Biden
U.S. Senate
Washington, DC 20510-2203