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OK, time to answer the big question: are references to Molly (aka E, X, MDMA, etc.) OK in The Raver Stories Project? The answer is yes, with one major caveat: not making your story entirely about it.
To pretend that drugs aren't a part of pop culture is quite frankly disingenuous, and that's true whether you're talking about pop, rock, hip-hop or rave. However, there's a very important point to be made, and that is that they're only one part, and not even the most important part when you get down to it. The music and the social atmosphere have always been the primary reasons for people gathering in large groups like a rave, and that has never changed. You could have the best drugs in the world on-hand, but if the music at the event is shit, people are going to know it no matter what they might be taking. This is just as true today as it was back in the Prohibition-era Jazz Age ninety years ago. You can't disguise crappy music with outside substances, because people are smarter than that, even when they might be opening the doors of perception. (Thank you, William Blake)
So, if you have the urge to include in your story the experience(s) you had with Molly, then go ahead. Just be careful about what you write, and please make sure that your piece isn't all about that, because raves have always been much more than just an excuse to take a brief break from reality with a pill. This culture would never have lasted as long as it has if that were the case, and again, neither would any other form of popular music. So don't forget to put Molly in her proper context: as an accessory and not as the driving force, because she can't drive.
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