The problem with thinking of this kind is that it is simply unrealistic. The reality is that our prisons are filled with minor drug offenders. The DEA argues that those arrested for simple possession are roughly 27% of all (state) drug offenders, but that is an attempt to slant the facts. The reality is that in many states possessing a small amount of certain drugs will enable zealous prosecutors to charge someone with intent to sell. This is especially true in the case of performance-enhancing drugs such as anabolic steroids. Say you have 10 vials of a particular steroid, or a small amount of orals for personal use. Now if you are found to possess this some states can charge you with intent to sell based on quantity or weight and treat you as if you were attempting to deal cocaine to schoolchildren. In reality all you were trying to do was enhance your physique and be a stronger, more capable person.1) I did not understand the need for the ban on steroids until I came to this board. The issue is
ease of access - how sick do you get when a 16 year old posts that he is on his third cycle of "this",
and "oh by the way, what is PCT?". Laws are put into place to protect us from ourselves. I am not
a fool- there are plenty of problems with "how" and "why" the goverment operates, and I know that
there is too much "self interest" going on, but this issue is not hard to control, and there are a lot of
emotions involved, so it is good for "politics". They can't stop kids from drinking alcohol, but they
can make it much harder to obtain performance enhancing supplements.
If some 17 year old is caught with steroids, do you think the solution is to send him to jail for 10 years? Note that if a Federal prosecution is involved, there is no chance of parole. You just sentenced a 17 year old boy to 10 years or more of hard time as a felon drug dealer because he was trying to live up to peer pressure to be a better athlete. Meanwhile, it's perfectly legal once he turns 18 for him to purchase cigarettes, which have NO redeeming social or medical value, and once he is 21 he can legally drink himself to death, should he like. Not to mention the government has no problem letting people eat food filled with hormones, "flavor enhancers," artificial sweeteners, excess sugars, trans fats, cheap fillers, pesticides and anything short of bleach. That same government has no problem then letting your doctors fill you up with medications to treat the symptoms of all the ailments that were caused by the lack of restrictions on what companies can do to your body.
If you believe that the FDA or the DEA or any branch of government is looking out for your safety you are sadly mistaken. The FDA has assumed the role of protector of big pharmaceutical companies. The DEA, it seems, spends most of its time busting kids for long jail sentences because they had some marijuana or LSD on them. It's the police mentality. The mentality that enforcement of laws will prevent crime. What happens if those laws which are being enforced, are wrong, "cruel or unusual"? Education is key in this situation, not excessive enforcement. Some 75 year old senator probably doesn't have much of a clue, or care much about that reality. All he cares about is that he keeps getting re-elected, and since most voters are unfortunately the similarly uninformed elderly and upper middle class parents, appealing to youth issues is not typically a priority. "Make it look good" is all that seems to count.