The Drug War Insanity Continues
Do you ever run music concerts? Festivals? Outdoor events? Did you ever 'promote' them? If so, you're a bloody criminal and should be thrown in jail.
At least, that's what the House of Representatives would like. Check out this lulu of a bill:
H.R. 3782 Clean-Up Methamphetamines Act of 2002
SEC. 416A. Promoters of Drug-Oriented Entertainment:
"Whoever knowingly promotes any rave, dance, music, or other entertainment event, that takes place under circumstances where the promoter knows or reasonably ought to know that a controlled substance will be used or distributed in violation of Federal law or the law of the place were the event is held, shall be fined under Title 18, United States Code, or imprisoned for not more than 9 years, or both."
Let's get this straight - there hasn't been a rock concert in the last 30 years with more than 500 people in attendance where some drug use didn't occur. Not even a Celine Dion concert, where poeple in droves eat Sominex like candy to try and stay awake.
Look at the wording of this bill - you don't have to have proof, or even evidence of drug use to be guilty. If you 'reasonably ought to know' that drug use will occur, you could do nine years in the big house.
Every concert promoter reasonably knows that drugs will be taken at the concert. It's part of the music culture, and impossible to stop. This bill would make instant criminals of all of them. I suppose Grateful Dead concert promoters should just be shot on sight.
As far as I can tell, this law is intended
to have a chilling effect on concert venues and promoters, which in turn forces them to be surrogates for the state. Is that annoying Constitution getting in the way of cavity searching people who have 'that look' about them? No problem. Just threaten the citizenry with vague laws carrying stiff sentences, and they'll do the searching for you.
This bill is evil and should be stuffed back down the collective throats of the moronic yahoos in the committee that regurgitated it in the first place. Oh, and while I'm ranting... Could we can the tortured acronyms, guys? The full title of this bill is the "Clean, Learn, Educate, Abolish, Neutralize, and Undermine Production (CLEAN-UP) of Methamphetamines Act of 2002 (Introduced in House)". Oh, that's much better. For a minute there I was all worried about civil liberties, but the acronym sold me. That's what good governance is all about.
If you want to read the full text of the bill, take some Gravol and click here: HR 3782
. Fair warning: SEC 416A isn't the only part of this bill that's going to turn your stomach. And word is, it's on the fast track to approval. Have a nice day.