Originally Posted by GAC
But there wasn't any set rule, until in recent years, against steroid/performance enhancer usage. No set policy by MLB.
There was on gambling. And every player that walked in that clubhouse knew that.
One may frown on certain behavior - whether it's steroids or greenies; but until there is a set rule prohibiting it, not much one can do.
True, there is no rule in baseball, but there are federal laws.
Anabolic steroids, under the federal law of the United States, are classified as Schedule III drugs of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) as of February 27, 1991. The CSA has been enacted into law by the United States Congress as part of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention Act of 1970. This federal legislation serves as the US regulatory policy relating to manufacture, importation, possession, and distribution of certain drugs including anabolic steroids.
CSA has five classifications (Schedule I-V) and anabolic steroids, as mentioned above, fall under Schedule III. According to federal law, prescriptions of Schedule III drugs, such as anabolic steroids, can be refilled for up to five times within a six-month period.
Under the CSA, a person has to have a valid prescription in order to obtain anabolic steroids. Possession or sale of anabolic steroids without prescription is considered an illegal act. Simple possession of illegally acquired anabolic steroids entails a maximum penalty of one year imprisonment and a minimum fine of $1000 in the case of first-time offenders. Trafficking of anabolic steroids carries stiffer penalties as federal law calls for a maximum imprisonment for five years and a $250,000 fine for first-time offenders. The maximum length of imprisonment and the maximum monetary fine is doubled if it is a second drug offense.
So don't ban them from the game, but lock them up and have them serve their time, same as any other citizen. There are laws on drugs in this country, and every American or person setting foot here should know that.