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Wash. State Politicians Attempt Energy Drink Ban


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Wash. State Politicians Attempt Energy Drink Ban
Washington state politicians have introduced new legislation to ban energy drinks for anyone under 18 years of age. H.B. 1807, introduced by Reps. Judy Warnick (R), Mike Hope (R) and Hans Dunshee (D), would impose fines to those who violate the proposed law.

The bill calls for a fine of no more than $50 for an initial violation and up to $500 for multiple infractions. The ban would target any drink with 80 milligrams or more of caffeine per nine fluid ounces that contains methylxanthines, B vitamins or herbal ingredients.
One of the bill’s sponsors, Rep. Mike Hope (R), is also currently in hot water with supporters over his support for new gun control legislation in the state that would ban private firearm sales.
Similar actions dictating to citizens what they can or can’t ingest has been seen most famously in New York under Mayor Bloomberg, who banned large soda drinks. Now it appears Washington politicians have caught the nanny state bug.
Washington state made headlines in 2010 when it banned the alcoholic energy drink “Four Loko” after nine Central Washington University students became sick after ingesting large amounts of the drink. Prior to the incident, the Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters to several alcoholic energy drink manufacturers, saying the caffeine added to their beverages is an “unsafe food additive.”

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