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January 18, 2002

Report Says Federal Ecstasy Bill
Targets Raves And Violates Civil Liberties

CALIFORNIA – A report issued by the nonprofit Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics, finds that the Ecstasy Prevention Act, which is currently before Congress, unconstitutionally profiles electronic music listeners, misappropriates federal funds to communities willing to outlaw “raves,” and perpetuates a failed and harmful “lock ‘em up” policy with respect to those who use the popular drug MDMA (Ecstasy).

Among other conclusions, the report finds that the Ecstasy Prevention Act of 2001 (H.R. 2215, Title VIII):

  • Violates the First Amendment rights to freedom of expression and assembly by prioritizing federal funding to communities that pass ordinances restricting “rave” clubs and events.

  • Perpetuates a hard-line national drug policy with respect to MDMA (Ecstasy) that is ineffective, dangerous, and which violates the mental autonomy and cognitive liberty of responsible Americans.

  • Continues to present Americans and their children with dangerous propaganda under the guise of “drug education.”

  • Furthers the government’s “War on Drugs” ideology, at the expense of public health and civil liberties.

“What goes on inside a person’s head,” writes the report’s author, attorney Richard Glen Boire, “deserves the very highest level of privacy. An adult who responsibly alters his or her consciousness (with the use of MDMA or any other drug, technique, or technology) should be left in peace unless his or her subsequent behavior presents a danger to others.”

The complete report can be obtained at no charge from the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics at the address below. The report is also available online.

A complete index of materials on the Ecstasy Prevention Act is also available online.

For more information contact:
Zara Gelsey
Director of Communications
Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics
P.O. Box 73481
Davis, CA 95617   USA
(530) 750-7912

About the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics
The Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, law and policy center working in the public interest to protect fundamental civil liberties. The Center seeks to foster cognitive liberty – the basic human right to unrestrained independent thinking, including the right to control one’s own mental processes and to experience the full spectrum of possible thought. Web site: http://www.cognitiveliberty.org/ccle/