Ohio passes ban on pure caffeine, powdered alcohol sales


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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Pure powdered caffeine couldn’t be sold in Ohio under legislation headed to the governor for his expected signature.

The measure that cleared the state Senate on Wednesday also would prohibit sales of powdered alcohol.

Passage of the bill follows the anniversary of a northeast Ohio teen’s overdose death from caffeine powder.  Eighteen-year-old Logan Stiner was just days from graduating high school when his brother found him unresponsive in the family’s home in LaGrange, southwest of Cleveland, on May 27, 2014.

The proposal would make it a misdemeanor offense to sell products consisting solely or primarily of caffeine that’s manufactured into a crystalline, liquid or powdered form.

Representatives inserted the ban on powdered alcohol into the bill. The powdery substance can be added to beverages to make alcoholic drinks.


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