Are Raves Legal
But with the constant presence of illegal drugs and their « underground » past, are raves themselves technically legal? Is the RAVE Act all about ecstasy and raves? No. While RAVE supporters target ecstasy and raves, the law allows federal prosecutors to target other events such as hip-hop concerts and hemp festivals — even country music events could be targeted. The law applies to hotel and motel owners, cruise ship operators, stadium owners, owners, property managers and event organizers. Anyone who hosts an event (such as a party or barbecue) where they know or expect one or more of their guests to use drugs could potentially face a $250,000 fine and up to twenty years in federal prison. In reality, however, the electronic music community faces the greatest immediate threat, as the bill`s sponsors and the DEA have pointed out that electronic music is a « threat » to young people. The police must compensate for some public pressure to completely stop raves and protect young people from harm without alienating them completely. Credit: Bob Morris disco dancers and ravers, however, preferred different drugs. While members of the 1970s disco scene preferred cocaine and sedative/sedative quaaludes, ravers preferred MDMA, 2C-B, amphetamine and other pills. According to the FBI, raves are one of the most popular places where club drugs are distributed, and as such, they have a significant drug subculture.   Club drugs include MDMA (better known as « ecstasy », « E » or « Molly »), 2C-B (better known as « nexus »), amphetamine (commonly referred to as « speed »), GHB (commonly referred to as « fantasy » or « liquid E »), cocaine (commonly referred to as « coke »), DMT and LSD (commonly referred to as « lucy » or « acid »).     The American electronic music scene is one of the oldest, and rave culture has its roots in the « circuit parties » and nightclubs of the late 1970s. These were scattered throughout cities large and small across the United States, from Buffalo to Cleveland to Aspen, Colorado. Cities like Chicago, Detroit, Miami and New York quickly saw the rise of the fundamental electronic music genres of rave culture, such as house music, techno and breakbeat. American ravers, like their British and European counterparts, have been compared to the hippies of the 1960s because of their shared interest in nonviolence and psychedelia.  Rave culture included the love of the same disco culture for dance music spun by DJs, drug research, sexual promiscuity, and hedonism. Although disco culture flourished in the mainstream, rave culture struggled to stay underground to avoid the hostility that still existed around disco and dance music. The main reason for staying underground in many parts of the United States was related to the curfew and the standard closure of clubs at 2:00 a.m. It was the desire to keep the party beyond the legal hours that created the underground leadership. Due to the legality, they had to keep the time and place secret. After the advent of acid house parties in the late 1980s, up to 4,000 people were known to attend a rave. These events took place almost every weekend. The noise and disturbances of thousands of people who appeared at parties in rural areas like Genesis `88 caused outrage in the national media.
The British government imposed a fine of £20,000 and six months in prison.  Police repression of these often illegal parties has led the scene to the countryside. These weekend evenings took place at various locations outside the M25 orbital highway and attracted up to 25,000 visitors.  Sound systems from this period include Spiral Tribe and DiY. [Citation needed] Some communities preferred the term « festival, » while others simply referred to « festivals. » With less restrictive laws allowing raves to continue long after the UK has attempted to ban them, anarchic raves continue to occur in Central Europe and France, where the law states that there can only be 4 teknivals per year (2 in the south, 2 in the north). In France, the largest teknivals can attract up to 30,000 people in three days. The terms free party and occupied party have become the predominant terms used to describe an illegal party. [Citation needed] By the late 1980s, a considerable acid house scene had established itself in West Germany and West Berlin.  In the Ufo Club in West Berlin, an illegal party venue in the basement of an old building, the first acid house parties were held in 1988.  At that time, the Negerhalle (1983-1989) and ETA Hall established themselves in Munich as the first acid house clubs in temporarily used and dilapidated industrial halls, marking the beginning of the so-called hall culture in Germany.   In July 1989, the first Love Parade was held in West Berlin.   This guide addresses issues related to rave parties. Rave parties – or, more simply, raves – are dance parties that offer fast and repetitive electronic music and light shows that accompany it. Raves are at the heart of rave culture, a youth-focused subculture that combines music, art, and social ideals (e.g., peace, love, unity, respect, tolerance, happiness). Rave culture also involves the use of a number of legal and illegal drugs. It is said that drug use improves the sensations of ravers and increases their energy so that they can dance for a long time. This law expanded the definition of illegal raves and gave the police expanded powers to deal with them. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, there was a rave culture boom in the San Francisco Bay Area. In the beginning, small underground parties were held throughout the SOMA district in empty warehouses, lofts and clubs.
The non-alcoholic rule has fueled parties motivated by ecstasy. Small underground raves were just beginning, extending beyond SF to East Bay, South Bay, including the beaches of San Jose, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz. In August 2020, following an increase in illegal gatherings, the UK government introduced additional laws allowing police to fine organisers of illegal gatherings £10,000.  While this guide does not directly address the large-scale trade in rave-related drugs, there are some points about drug trafficking at raves. Most ravers obtain and use illicit drugs before arriving on the scene.43 This is the case for several reasons: after 1993, the main outlets for raves in the UK were a number of licensed parties, including Helter Skelter, Life at Bowlers (Trafford Park, Manchester), The Edge (formerly Eclipse [Coventry]), The Sanctuary (Milton Keynes) and Club Kinetic.  In London itself, there were a few big clubs that regularly hosted raves, including « The Laser Dome, » « The Fridge, » « The Hippodrome, » « Club U.K. », and « Trade. » « The Laser Dome » consisted of two distinct dance areas, « Hardcore » and « Garage, » as well as more than 20 video game machines, a silent movie screening lounge, replicas of the « Statue of Liberty, » the « San Francisco Bridge, » and a large glass maze.