Drug screenings may be implemented at 2019 Burning Man

People attending Burning Man this year might need to reconsider that acid trip on the Playa, due to a policy that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is thinking of implementing at this year’s festival.

The BLM might conduct drug screenings at the entrances to this year’s festival at Black Rock Desert, according to a report from the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Rudy Evenson, a spokesperson for BLM, told the Gazette-Journal that the federal agency could hire a private security firm to conduct drug screenings at this year’s festival, or may wait until 2020 to implement the policy.

The BLM released a two-volume environmental impact statement (part 1 is here and part 2 is here) on Burning Man on Friday, June 14 that stated the agency will contract “third-party, private security to screen vehicles and participants, vendors and contractors, and staff and volunteers entering the event” that “will report … banned or illegal contraband or significant concerns directly to law enforcement as violations are observed so that law enforcement can respond.”

In an email to SFGate, the Burning Man group said it is preparing a full statement on the BLM environmental impact statement that they will publish on the Burning Man Journal in “the next day or so.”

SFGate has reached out to BLM for comment and will update this story as it develops.

 Drew Costley is an SFGATE editorial assistant. Email: drew.costley@sfgate.com | Twitter: @drewcostley

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