I don’t know if I’ve ever stated for the record here that I was a raver for about seven years in Washington, DC. I loved (and still love) the rave culture and everything that it brings to us. Incredible music, amazing friendships, fun parties, etc. But now, apparently, they are targeting raves as though they were crackhouses. This really ticks me off.
Why? Because not every raver does drugs. Because bottled water and glow sticks aren’t “drug paraphernalia”. Because they are targeting a drug (Ecstasy) that could be used for valid reasons and which I think should be legalized.
There. I said it. In public. I didn’t think I ever would, but there you go. I’m not a bad person, I’m not terribly liberal, and I’m not one to usually take a stand on something political. But when you call a rave a “drug haven” without taking into account the people that are there strictly for the music, or the percentage of people that are straight-edge (meaning they don’t take drugs, drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes), I get angry.
Back in the early 1980s when MDMA was first tested and used by doctors, they found that it was quite helpful in various ways. Alcoholics quit drinking altogether, troubled or estranged couples found they could communicate and fix their relationships, and there were even some cocaine addicts who quit doing coke altogether. So MDMA can be a valuable tool for helping people.
The problem comes when people do it too much. I’ve said this time and again: Pure MDMA is not an addictive drug the way that heroin or crack or even tobacco is. The body doesn’t go into withdrawal to where you are shaking, sweating or heaving your guts out if you don’t get another tab. The key to MDMA is that you not take it that often – once a month at the most. That’s the way to get the best effect of MDMA. Take it any more than that, and after a while no matter how much you take you won’t feel a thing. This has been proven time and again.
Another problem comes when people don’t take pure MDMA but a designer copy. The copies include speed and various other chemicals, which CAN be addictive – thus spreading the false fact that MDMA is addictive. I don’t know of any studies that show that PURE AND TRUE MDMA is physically addictive. If you do, feel free to post a link here.
I didn’t mean to get on this tangent, and trust me – I can talk for HOURS on the topic with all the books I’ve read on the subject. I just wanted to say that articles like the one I posted make me angry because the politicians are lumping together a large group of people at one location with various interests. They don’t all do drugs, they don’t all drink, and they aren’t all there for nefarious reasons. If you want to fight drugs, do it another way. But passing a law to forbid raves isn’t going to do it. In the words of the author of the article:
“The real story is that federal law enforcement efforts against ecstasy have proved impotent. Frustrated by this failure, they’ve targeted electronic music concerts (“raves”) not because they’re especially important targets (they’re not) but because they’re easy, and public, targets.
Unable to endure the continuing evidence of drug-war failure, the drug warriors are lashing out, hoping that the ignorant will be convinced that they’re earning their pay. Congress is playing along because, basically, Congress isn’t up to the job of riding herd on the massive drug-war bureaucracy.”
Ain’t that the truth.