Drugs and music festivals have a long, complicated history. Attendees typically prefer the stuff to the actual sights and sounds (there's science that proves it), which can make the environment a dangerous place.
The Amsterdam Dance Event, which is going on now through Oct. 18, has reportedly announced a pretty radical idea to make their space a safer one: They will allow attendees to bring five ecstasy pills, free of prosecution.
According to Consequence of Sound, an "extremely potent batch of ecstasy has been circulating in Amsterdam as of late, and festival organizers hope that such tolerance will promote a safer concert experience. The festival will have a drug testing center on-site to assist festival-goers in checking the composition of their drugs." Is this the way of the future? Only time will tell!
Amsterdam VVD chairman Marja Ruigrok is reportedly railing against the policy shift. “It is strange that we are so much more generous in Amsterdam in that policy,” she said (via Live for Live Music). “I find five pills too much for one person. You could perhaps be well off with just one. But we actually believe that you should not do it at all. It is dangerous, you do not know what it contains. It is forbidden.”