My personal Facebook has been flooded with this headline and if you're a raver, I'm sure you are experiencing the same thing. But, what is really grinding my gears is how many self-proclaimed music outlets are jumping on the story like it's their job. I have a newsflash: IT ISN'T.
We are ravers. The DJ saved our lives. We love nothing more than the Music. Right? Well, it's kind of hard for other people to see that when our main sources of music news give out reports on MDMA like it's The Prodigy making a comeback. By putting the same amount of importance to the Music as they do the drugs, they give the mainstream media credibility when they say that all EDM concerts should be banned because ravers are nothing but pill popping animals. When the LA Times writes about ravers and drug use, everyone is up in arms, but when "our" writers talk about drugs, we are all like "YES! PREACH!". That's fucked up.
Now, let me make one thing clear: I am for the legalization of ALL drugs. Yup, even Heroin. Why? Just look at Portugal. Since they legalized all drugs and focused their government resources on addiction treatment rather than enforcing drug penalties, drug use, overdoses, and crime have all dropped significantly. If you take away the "forbidden" element from the fruit, Adam and Eve don't really give a shit.
By reporting on small changes on the laws regarding MDMA, you make us all seem like a bunch of addicts salivating at the possibility of being able to gurn legally for the rest of our lives. I don't know about everyone else, but I know that I got into the music WAY before I tried any of the drugs; I can't be the only one... Was Henry Rollins right? Is this music for dumb druggies? I certainly don't think so, but the people at the forefront of our scene are doing little to show otherwise.