Take Action – Stop Senate Attacks on Marijuana Rallies and Other Events

July 10, 2002 at 5:35 pm
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I have checked this out myself and it appears to be legit. And
frightening.
You can use this Web page to fax your letter to your
Congressmen.

http://ga1.org/campaign/rave

—–Original
Message—–
Hey There … scary news here … read on and do what you can


Big Brother is knocking at our door.

> Subject: Take Action
– Stop Senate Attacks on Marijuana Events
>
> [The following
important message is being forwarded by the Marijuana
> Policy Project on
behalf of the Drug Policy Alliance and DanceSafe.
> Please direct any
questions to bpiper@drugpolicy.org.]
>
>
======================================================================
>
>
PROPOSED LAW COULD SUBJECT YOU TO 20 YEARS IN PRISON
> 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!
>
> ACTIONS TO TAKE
>
> **  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:
> http://www.senate.gov/senators/senator_by_state.cfm
>
>
MORE INFORMATION
>
> 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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