By Ed Krayewski:

Major-Lazer-free-the-universe-headerEarlier this month, Mayor Bloomberg cancelled the last day of the three-day Electric Zoo music festival because of a pair of deaths at the event attributed to drug overdose.

Rolling Stone went to members of the dance hall collaboration Major Lazer presumably to speak on behalf of electronica, which the music magazine writes is “enduring an onslaught of unwelcome attention” in the wake of the Electric Zoo deaths.  Major Lazer’s Diplo attributed the attention to the deaths and the genre to the fact that “music writers and critics are old” and electronica music is “flat and boring” to them, so naturally they jumped on the drug deaths as a hook. But the Major Lazer duo say its not the music, or the drugs, that’s the problem. Via Rolling Stone:

According to Jillionaire, the problem could stem simply from drug inexperience. “It’s going to sound weird, but we need to teach kids how to do drugs, the same way we teach them about drinking responsibly and having safe sex,” he said. “If you’re going to go to a festival, drink water for six days before you get there; don’t drink no alcohol. If you’re going to do a pill and a half, don’t do four more and then pass out, overheat, and die of cardiac arrest. Instead of acting like drugs don’t exist, acknowledge that drugs will be at a festival and address them.”

“We’re such a conservative culture that we’d rather not talk about the things kids want to do, even though they’re going to do them anyway,” Diplo said. “We’d rather ignore it to solve the problem. In Florida, where I’m from, drugs have been a part of club culture since day one. Kids have always been going to raves in the woods. 20 years ago, Orlando was one of the first places to have rave culture, and we learned how to do drugs. It’s going to happen; you can’t control it. Persecuting a festival is not going to help it because kids are going to do them regardless. Hell, they’ll do them in their houses. That’s why crystal meth is a problem in America. Drugs are a big problem in America, because we have money to spend and a culture that wants to be turnt up all the time.”

Major Lazer is correct.  Goods will exist even if we do not discuss them.  Prohibition of music venues will not keep drugs off the streets or curtail demand for drugs. Prohibition fails as a policy regardless of the substance being prohibited.  The war on drugs is a failure.  It puts non-violent people in jail.  It breaks up families creating single parent homes.  It keeps a kid with a posession offense from getting a student loan.  The war on drugs is a war on property, the ownership of one’s self.  The war on drugs is a war on freedom.

Now enjoy some Major Lazer!!!!!!

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Major Lazer: Teach Kids How to Use Drugs, Shutting Down Music Festivals Won’t Help – Hit & Run : Reason.com.

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