Pure caffeine ban now the law in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Pure powdered caffeine won’t be legally sold in Ohio under legislation signed by Gov. John Kasich.

The measure signed into law by Kasich Thursday also prohibits sales of powdered alcohol.

Passage of the bill follows a northeast Ohio teen’s overdose death from caffeine powder last year. 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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