By Miriam Joseph, Julian Durlacher
This sequence will hint the background, describe the discovery or discovery, ordinarily for honorable purposes, and the transition to unlawful and 'recreational' use.
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Under the new Entertainment (Increased Penalties) Act of 1990, organizers of unlicensed parties could face fines of up to £20,000 and six months in prison. This put most small-scale organizers out of business and most of these moved to the more liberal environment found in European countries such as Germany to continue their trade. The Criminal Justice Act 1994 (CJA) put the final nail in the coffin of the unlicensed event. For the purpose of the Act, a "rave" is defined as "a gathering on land in the open air of 100 persons or more...
These three black men, through their music, escaped from Detroit into a different state, much as many had done before. As Paul Gilroy, the black cultural theorist puts it in his seminal book Ain't No Black in the Union Jack, "The dream of life beyond the reach of racism acquired an other-worldly, Utopian quality and then manifested itself in a flash, high-tech form deliberately remote from the realities of the ghetto lifeworld. If the repressive and destructive forces unleashed by a 'maggot-brained' and infanticidal America were rapidly acquiring a global character, the answer to them was presented as flight...
They travelled abroad to buy some of the materials and those that they couldn't obtain, they had to make themselves, which turned out to be a very expensive process. When Nicholas Saunders interviewed them, the young entrepreneurs said that the most difficult part of their enterprise had been the distribution. They didn't have an already established route, so they found it difficult to get rid of the large numbers of Ecstasy tablets they produced. As none of the manufacturers wanted to become full-time dealers, they spent some time devising an efficient distribution network so that they could then concentrate solely on the manufacturing.