Black Rock City, NV – Music festivals have grown in popularity over the past several years, and to some extent, these events have provided a safe haven for people to party and enjoy themselves. However, these situations have naturally created a target for police who are seeking to generate revenue through drug arrests.

This vacation season, art and music festivals are going to be a honeypot for police, who have announced that they will be strongly targeting some of the biggest events in the country, including the legendary Burning Man, which takes place in the deserts of Nevada each year.

Burning Man has become one of the most targetted events by police over the years, and the Bureau of Land Management, the federal police force tasked with patrolling the event, has recently announced that they will be drug testing people who will be driving in and out of the event.

According to a press release in last month’s “Federal Register,” the BLM announced that they will be drug testing drivers to see if they are under the influence, and they will even be testing for marijuana despite the fact that it is now legal in the state of Nevada.


Cannabis Now reported that a mere microscopic 10 nanograms of cannabis per milliliter of urine (or 2 ng/ml of blood) will warrant an arrest at Burning Man. Under these conditions, it is entirely possible for a person to fail a drug test even if they are sober and have not smoked or ingested any cannabis for days.

Pershing County Sheriff, Jerry Allen recently admitted to The Reno Gazette-Journal that the vast majority of drug arrests at Burning Man are related to marijuana.

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Attorney and cannabis legalization activist Lauren Vazquez said that she expects a massive backlash from these rule changes, and pointed out that not much driving takes place at the event anyway, aside from people entering and leaving the festival.

“It looks to me like they are setting a standard for drivers on the playa. It does say probable cause is required. This is a rule making proposal and will soon be open to public comment and, hopefully, revisions. Knowing burners there’s going to be a lot of talks. I’m more concerned about the laser prohibition on page four: Never leave home without your laser!” Vazquez said.

“It’s only on the playa, and it takes probable cause to search the driver by saliva or blood or urine. Just being at burning man is not probable cause — they have to smell weed, see you driving badly or see you doing drugs while driving before they can test you. So just sitting in line on the way out is safe. At least they wrote in the probable cause standard and we don’t have to argue about that,” she added.

Federal police forces have had their eye on Burning Man for several years now. Just last year, for example, the FBI noted in a report that they intended to infiltrate the event to gather information about potential terrorist activity.

The fact that terrorism is used as an excuse for the surveillance is interesting, especially because the FBI mentioned in its 16-page report that the festival is a “cultural and artisan event, which promote[s] free expression by the participants.”

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Apparently, art and free expression can now be equated with terrorism.

The FBI claims the surveillance program is necessary to fight the “war on terror.” The agency said that the operation was “critical in the light of the ongoing war on terrorism and the potential for additional acts of terrorism being committed in the United States.”

The FBI report additionally indicates that this operation could target drug users and sellers. “The greatest known threat in this event is crowd control issues and use of illegal drugs by participants,” the FBI report said.

It was reported last year that the state of Nevada will be looting the organizers of the world-famous “Burning Man” festival for roughly $2.8 million in a new tax scheme. The new scheme will place a 9% tax on ticket sales for a number of large events. This new tax could force Burning Man and a number of other events out of the state of Nevada.

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  • Damiana

    This new tax could force Burning Man and a number of other events out of the state of Nevada.

    Welcome to Texas – we have a whole major city set aside for weirdos to feel at home!

    • Guy

      Yeah ! That would make it about right Cat, at least for Texas and it’s *normal weirdos,* including it’s population of strangeness, in it’s wide open spaces.

      Move over Nevada, you have been dethroned of your fascination with the strange and dubious. That distinction now goes to the *Big Hat State* !!!!!

      • avelworldcreator

        I don’t think it’s Cat despite the avatar.

        Edit: Never mind, it’s Cat. I’m just being dense tonight. A very creepy poster had her out of character and it’s been a long and tiring week for me.


      What’s up Rachel?

      • Damiana

        I’m Rachel’s mother, you creepy little assclown. What exactly are you trying to do and what makes you think it won’t end badly for you?

        • Phil Freeman

          Lol..karmic comeuppance. .

          • Damiana

            What exactly does my daughter have to do with… y’know what, you’re just gonna shut the fuck up for a little while. This is NOT funny and I’m not fucking playing with you violent little creeps!

          • avelworldcreator

            Is Rachel OK? I was just seeing the icon by the name first myself. The after seeing your reply to someone I noticed a different nickname. Several people here consider her with respect and she reflects it back quite well. But your reactions and mention of violence has me worried about her.

          • Damiana

            Rachel is just fine, but considering that my name is Jenna and I’ve never ONCE called myself Rachel at any point in my life, this is a VERY creepy thing to come out of nowhere from somebody who likes to post very violent fantasies about what he’d do if this cop or that one if they ever cross him. Remember that “Zackknowitall” guy? I think this is the same guy with another account he made after getting banned for some VERY racist shenanigans… N-word and all.

            And this Phil Freeman character is laughing spitefully because he’s been sternly told to STOP posting the home addresses of corrupt police officers and other villains about whom Mr. Agorist reports. Since I’m the one who raised a stink about it and helped delete his posts, apparently it’s “karmic comeuppance” when some creepy weirdo starts dropping my daughter’s name out of nowhere.

            So, that’s why I’m reacting so vehemently – I’m nipping this crazy stalker bullshit RIGHT in the bud, and I’ll do whatever I have to do to see that these two creepy, violent-fantasy-harboring motherfuckers leave me right the fuck alone (forever and ever) before we all end up in a news story of our very own!

          • avelworldcreator

            Good on you. It’s just that you are using the same icon as our “Cat”. Of course I’ve never know her real name and I’ve never had any interest in such. And thanks for letting me know about… Oh! I had forgotten you had changed your nickname! Sorry, I’m just being dense tonight. And now I understand your complaint. The idiot was calling you after your daughter. Meaning he knows her name. That’s creepy as hell!

          • Damiana

            My real name is Jenna. The rest can be discovered easily enough, but I’d rather make these assclowns WORK for their stalkery. I fucking LOVE it when The Defendant leaves a nice, thorough paper trail in their search history!

          • Damiana

            It’s quite all right, dear! Damiana just seems more… professional and mature, but my closest friends still remember when I was The Cat’s Vagina.

          • crazytrain2

            Anything anyone can do to get under your skin. I had a few people on copblock threaten to rape my wife and skin my children because I am a cop. Boy would they have a nasty surprise if they ever came to my house. But they rarely have the ability or the drive to actually do anything. But you probably should not have mentioned your real name, and I would edit that if I were you.

          • Damiana

            *smiles slyly* Just because I provide a human designation doesn’t mean that’s what’s on my birth certificate. I’m not worried about this goober – just annoyed and offended. Thank you for you advice, though.

          • crazytrain2

            Don’t mention it, Jenna.

          • Damiana

            Thanks for saying those nice things about me, by the way. It really brightened my evening!

          • Damiana

            Now that everyone’s had a good night’s sleep, you’re welcome to go back to doing your thang around here… though I am asking you nicely (and with all the humility my haughty ass can muster) to just leave me alone. You’re not entitled to my attention and/or outrage, so get over that like a grown man, please! Have a nice life and good luck with all your hopes and dreams!

            *fucks off and leaves him alone forever*

          • Guy

            It all sort of makes me wonder, who is getting the pointy end of the sharp stick and who is getting the other end with the splinters !? Besides that You ! Are one of the few people I know, who is probably *smiling* when you say “Bend Over” in a nice enough way, to convince em that they will like it !!!!!

            I don’t even pretend to know what the hell just happened ! But enjoyed the read all the same.

            Totters off ! And soaked his head somewhere else, in a cold bucket of ice water !

      • Andropov

        I really wouldn’t fuck with her, dude. Especially not like this.

    • Domina Elle

      Hate to see burning man go to one of the worst states for human rights violations in the USA no offense meant to you. But Texas SUCKS.

      • Damiana

        None taken – I live here and I’m not entirely blind!

        • Domina Elle

          Colorado on the other hand….

  • John

    How quickly can Burning Man become a 501c3 Tax Exempt Religion?

  • tom browne

    might as well call it a day once the feds get involved. its going to lose its charm. do something else.

  • Craig Mcdonald

    Sounds like fake news to get the idiots stirred up

    • Damiana

      Worked, didn’t it? Look at you twirling around over there!

      • Tim Jones

        You are the biggest fuckin troll

  • Michael L. Wallace Jr.

    Medical Marijuana is waiting for illnesses (Including Cancers) to set into the body RISKING DEATH before going to a Doctor to try to get a Prescription . Recreational Marijuana Fights illnesses , Prevents illnesses & Protects Future Generations from Birth Defects & Early illnesses . Common Sense would suggest illnesses (Including Cancer Apoptosis) Relieved & Healed by Cannabis are caused by Cannabinoid Deficiency . http://www.encod.org/info/700-MEDICINAL-USES-OF-CANNABIS.html

  • Michael Jenkins

    Pretty sure that Nevada is in the US so the US constitution applies. 4th amendment. Simply refuse to give a sample unless they get a warrant.

  • Gaylen Anderson

    It’s illegal to do these spot checks for drugs for the hell of it, no? Am I wrong?

  • kevinbaja

    …and here i though burning man bought the fly ranch last year to get away from these shenanigans….

  • Shawn Ziegler

    Texass…..no one is doing anything worthwhile in Texass let alone moving Burning Man. This news is questionable at best, have they done this anywhere else? So they are just gonna start drug testing people..lol SOME PEOPLES KIDS

  • G’ma G

    Simple solution. Cars do not cross the BLM “border”. Set up a shuttle by dedicated drug free drivers to ferry folks across the fed land. No probable cause to drug test passengers or participants not driving.


    I am one of the original Woodstock Nation. Now living in Nashville. I no longer attend any outdoor concerts. After the last Rainbow gathering in North Carolina was turned into an armed circus occupation by abusive and aggressive jack-booted thugs with badges. Our last Bonnaroo was no different. The police were searching everyone and everything. I will probably never attend another one. Who is responsible for this micro-management? How do we get these bastards off our backs?
    The festivals should have private security with the authorities called in only when needed. Until these out-of-control thugs are controlled I will never attend any concert…ever.

  • crazytrain2

    Why? Yes, there will be a lot of drugs at burning man. There will be a lot of drugs at almost every concert and especially the music fests everywhere. Have a good police presence to deal with people fighting, but forget about the drugs. Hell, maybe the cops should hand out water so people don’t get too dehydrated.

    • avelworldcreator

      That is real policing. I wish you worked my town if your attitude was consistent!

      • crazytrain2

        Maybe ten or twelve years ago, you might have felt differently. I have mellowed out a lot, as most cops do after enough time on the job. Now I run a shift and spend most of my time being super kind to people to try and show them that cops are decent people, and anyone that works for me will do the same, or else, they can pick on another shift with another lieutenant.

        • avelworldcreator

          That’s called “maturing”. And it also shows you have good leadership skills. I know the police in my town can do a 12+ hour day normally. That makes me think we are understaffed. 🙁 I look out for them as much as department policy allows.

          • crazytrain2

            I am 40. I am not going to be chasing anyone like I did many years ago. I am basically there just to answer any and all questions for my guys and direct them when they need it.