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Posted: 7/25/2002 3:29:44 PM EDT
From the article: ================================= This sounds like a joke, but it isn't. Last year, the Department of Justice and the DEA tried to prosecute concert promoters in New Orleans under the federal "crackhouse law." That law makes it a felony to maintain a building or facility for the purpose of drug consumption. Traditionally, the law has been applied to places that are, well, crack houses. But — calling glow sticks and bottled water "drug paraphernalia" — then-U.S. Attorney Eddie Jordan attempted to jail three New Orleans concert promoters by reasoning that (1) people come to raves; (2) people who come to raves sometimes use drugs; (3) concert promoters must know this (especially in light of the presence of "drug paraphernalia"); and so, (4) a rave must be an event that takes place "for the purpose of drug consumption" under the law. The federal district court made short work of this claim, dismissing the charges and calling them a violation of the First Amendment. But that hasn't stopped our drug warriors. Now Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., has introduced a bill (the "Reducing Americans' Vulnerability to Ecstasy Act of 2002," cutely called "the RAVE Act"), also sponsored by Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Richard Durbin, D-Ill. The bill would essentially write into the crackhouse statute the same approach already rejected by the district court in New Orleans. According to The Washington Post: When he introduced the bill in June, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., said "most raves are havens for illicit drugs," and congressional findings submitted with the bill label as drug paraphernalia such rave mainstays as bottled water, "chill rooms" and glow sticks. ================================== Full article at: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,58663,00.html Our government at work. Watch what you drink. Bottled water and glow sticks could soon be considered drug paraphernalia. I know you just said "What??!". It's true. But, they'll probably make it like the assault weapons ban and water bottled before Sept 14, 2002 will still be legal. Also, bottled water will be legal as long as it cannot contain more than 10 ounces and has no more than one of the following accessories: pistol grip, collapsible cozie, splash suppressor, or straw lug. Don't they have better things to do? misanthrope747
Link Posted: 7/25/2002 3:48:30 PM EDT
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