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Will Chicago ban energy drinks?
MSN ^ | 1/18/13 | Eli Epstein

Posted on 01/18/2013 1:13:22 PM PST by Libloather

As emergency rooms fill with energy drink guzzlers and the sales of those drinks skyrocket, one Chicago politician wants to put a stop to it all.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Alderman Ed Burke — the city's most powerful Council member — proposed a law Thursday that would ban the sale and distribution of highly caffeinated beverages to all consumers, not just minors.

Burke, in his proposal, cited an increase in emergency room visits for teenagers and young adults who consume energy drinks and also the rising popularity of those beverages.

His ordinance states, “No person shall sell, give away, barter, exchange or otherwise furnish any energy drink," defined as “a canned or bottled beverage which contains an amount of caffeine exceeding or equal to 180 milligrams-per-container and containing Taurine or Guarana.” Violators would face a fine ranging from $100 to $500 for each offense, and businesses that sell banned products could have their licenses suspended or revoked.

Loopholes do exist, however, and the proposed measure wouldn't abolish the sale of all energy drinks.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.msn.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ban; chicago; drinks; energy
What's next? My guess - breakfast cereal. Ban it.
1 posted on 01/18/2013 1:13:29 PM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

I sure don’t know....do it include “Red” or “Purple?”


2 posted on 01/18/2013 1:14:23 PM PST by Gaffer
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To: Libloather

Now only outlaws will have energy drinks.


3 posted on 01/18/2013 1:15:38 PM PST by MeganC (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Libloather

Liberals’ solution to our freedom of choice is to... ban it.

No one has proved “energy drinks” ever killed any one. But let’s keep people from drinking them anyway, for their own good, of course.

How very Chicago!


4 posted on 01/18/2013 1:18:06 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Libloather

You’ll pry my “Red Bull” out of my cold, dead hands!


5 posted on 01/18/2013 1:21:03 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

They were SHOT while drinking the Energy Drinks. But blame the drink for them being in the ER.


6 posted on 01/18/2013 1:22:09 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: goldstategop

They were SHOT while drinking the Energy Drinks. But blame the drink for them being in the ER.


7 posted on 01/18/2013 1:22:22 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Libloather

As emergency rooms fill (insert the thing you don’t like here)....


8 posted on 01/18/2013 1:22:51 PM PST by barmag25
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To: Libloather

Mikey Bloomturd (NAZI-NY) is gonna be PO’d he didn’t do that first.


9 posted on 01/18/2013 1:24:06 PM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s/15s are the 21st Century's Muskets. Self-Defense is The First Human Right.)
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To: barmag25

Liberal politicians want to keep super-sized soda drinkers out of ERs.

But not illegal aliens.

Go figure.


10 posted on 01/18/2013 1:25:40 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Libloather

Well now!

It looks like the gangs think that they can make a bunch of money running boot-leg “Energy Drinks”. And their pet politicians are right on board with it.

Now mind you the article doesn’t say that but we are talking the “Chicago Way” here.

It’s amazing how the threat of banning something makes it so much more desirable, isn’t it?


11 posted on 01/18/2013 1:26:00 PM PST by The Working Man
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To: The Working Man

All its done is raised the market profile of “Red Bull” and similar drinks.

I expect sales of this stuff to go through the roof in Chicago. The Left never learns that Obama gangster tactics usually backfire.


12 posted on 01/18/2013 1:29:28 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Libloather
"Thursday that would ban the sale and distribution of highly caffeinated beverages ...." Most "energy drinks" are not highly caffeinated -- even this article makes that clear (although they characterize the fact that Red Bull, for instance, has little caffeine as a "loophole").

What I hate even more than sanctimonious nanny-staters using the coercive powers of government to control my behaviour is ignorant, or deceitful sanctimonious nanny-staters using the coercive powers of government to control my behaviour.
13 posted on 01/18/2013 1:32:55 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Libloather

I remember about a decade ago their was a rumor in Chicago about Red Bull causing a death over in Holland. The story was a total BS, but it was enough to get some bars to pull Red Bull from their shelves. I remember asking for a Red Bull and Vodka at one place and the idiot bartender reacted like I asked her for heroin.


14 posted on 01/18/2013 1:37:14 PM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: Libloather

Go for it!

I’d love to start a smuggling business. Cigs to New York, energy drinks to Chicago.

“Pssst! Hey kid, want a case of Red Bull?”


15 posted on 01/18/2013 1:47:36 PM PST by Little Ray (Waiting for the return of the Gods of the Copybook Headings.)
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To: Libloather

Good Lord!! This dumb@ss certainly has way too much time on his hands. Go get a real job, d#ckwad.


16 posted on 01/18/2013 2:01:27 PM PST by technically right
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To: technically right

Bigots & fascists. There was a time when people like this would just slip and fall one morning.


17 posted on 01/18/2013 2:28:33 PM PST by Noamie
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To: Libloather

The nickname I gave him when refering to him in my weekly newspaper collumns and elsewhere was “The Bishop”. Because it was something grand to see as his limo would pull up on the LaSalle street side.

First two flunkys would get out and secure the door he was to enter through . After the passageway was clear, the first flunky then the other would be a few steps in front of him on either side as he made his grand procession into the place. As he strode down the corridor he would wave to the right and left like a bishop dispensing a blessing to church members assembled in their pews when on his way to the bank of elevators in the center of the building.


18 posted on 01/18/2013 2:32:48 PM PST by mosesdapoet ("To punish a province let a professor rule it." Frederick The Great paraphrased)
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To: Libloather
Must be all that caffeine in their systems it's throwing their aim off because of the shakes.
Baning energy drinks should help gun control in Chicago..........Or am I missing the point again?
19 posted on 01/18/2013 2:35:59 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: Libloather
It would be kind of entertaining to see Rahm try to out-Bloomberg Bloomberg.

Yes, I know that this proposal doesn't come from Rahm ... still, "Who's a Bigger Nanny" is pretty much the contest the Democrats have chosen to play.

20 posted on 01/18/2013 2:52:09 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: Libloather
Why doesn't the government in Chicago ban killings to prevent the high number of homicides in the city? If banning works, well lets give it a try.

What's that? You say murder is already illegal in Chicago?

Oh well, maybe bans don't work, but we have to try.

21 posted on 01/18/2013 3:01:29 PM PST by w1andsodidwe (Barrak has now won the contest. He is even worse than Jimmah.)
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To: Libloather

When they can pry the 5-Hour Energy from my cold dead hand.


22 posted on 01/18/2013 3:32:37 PM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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