Archive for October, 2004
On Friday, President Bush took time out from the campaign trail to sign the Steroid Control Act of 2004. This bill makes all pro-hormones and steroid-precursors illegal.
Anabolic steroids became controlled substances by the Anabolic Steroid Control act of 1990. That bill also made it illegal for medical doctors to prescribe anabolic steroids for cosmetic or performance enhancement purposes. But demand today is much higher than prior to 1990. And supply is plentiful on the black market. Prior to 1991 you could go to a medical doctor and get reasonable doses, and be monitored while you take them. Today people are taking much larger doses of what ever they can get on the black market without ever discussing it with a medical doctor.
Another example of how The War On Drugs™ is a failure.
S 2195, the Senate’s version of the Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2004, was approved by the Senate and has been sent to the House. The House had already passed a similar bill, HR 3866. Now the differences will be worked out in committee.
Among other things, the HR bill provided for increased penalties for anabolic steroid offenses near sports facilities. Have to protect adult athletes the way we protect kids in grade school, you know.
One feature in the Senate bill is kind of strange:
What does this mean? It means you’ll still be able to buy pro-hormones in concentrations and forms, as long as they don’t work. Expect to see lots of ads with “The maximum legal dose allowed by law.”
The results for this past weekend’s NABBA Universe (the “real” Mr Universe) have been entered into the database. Steve Sinton of the UK won the amateur men’s, Hassan Al Saka of Syria, last year’s amateur winner, won the Pro Universe, Sandra Watershoot of Belgium won the women’s physique, and Lorena Bucci of Italy won the Figure. James (Flex) Lewis of Wales won the Junior, Brian Peters also of Wales won the Masters. Sixty-one year old John Citrone, who entered his first NABBA Universe in 1964, and won his class four times in the 1960s, this year won the Masters over 50. Ben Rodriguez had the best American showing, placing fourth in the Masters.
Update: Spelling correction – the overall winner was Steve Sinton, who had also won the NABBA World Championships back in June
From today’s Los Angeles Times:
Palumbo, 36, faces a maximum five years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 17.
See previous blog entry for more details.
This summer, the US House of Representatives passed HR 3866, the Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2004, which would ban all steroid precursors and pro-hormones, and increased penalties for anabolic steroid offenses near sports facilities. It was then sent to the Senate.
Now, the Senate Judiciary Committee has approved and sent to the full Senate a similar bill, S 2195. While this bill is not as extreme as the house bill, HR 3866′s language could be added later.
This bill could come up for a vote in a matter of days, or it could sit there until the end of the session, and then they’d have to start all over.
If you don’t want to see the War On Drugs to be extended to pro-hormones, now is the time to write your senator.