Lawmakers Mull Banning Energy Drink Sales to Kids

Should Maryland ban the sale of energy drinks to youths?

Should Maryland ban the sale of energy drinks to youths? File|Patch
Should Maryland ban the sale of energy drinks to youths? File|Patch

Some teens say they use caffeine-laden energy drinks to rev up for sports or study sessions.

But, products like Red Bull and Rock Star would not be sold to children under legislation under consideration in Maryland, reports Your4State.com.

The bill was prompted in part by the 2011 death of a 14-year-old Hagerstown girl who had consumed 48 ounces of Monster in one day.

The bill defines an energy drink as any beverage containing more than 71 milligrams of caffeine in a 12-oz. container.

Penalties for selling the high-octane drinks to youths would range from a $500 fine for a first offense to $2,000 for subsequent infractions, the website says. Minors convicted of possessing an energy drink may be fined $50 for the first offense and $100 after that.

The next hearing on the bill is March 7 in Annapolis.

macgeek February 16, 2014 at 10:59 AM
name calling huh? now I'm dumb? I never said they cant eat at mds 4 times a day. read again if you can. My point is govt needs to butt out. guess you totally missed that. its the parents job to make sure kids don't buy something that is harmful to them. it's not the governments job. sorry you're the ONLY person that don't understand my analogy. if kids are buying something they should not be buying, that is the parents fault not the government or the store selling the item. I never said kids should be able to do what they want. those are your words not mine.
jag February 16, 2014 at 09:59 PM
Well let's all take a moment and thank god exactly no one agrees with your anarchist crap. You, obviously, have no kids to go with your no common sense.
McGibblets February 17, 2014 at 03:42 AM
Typical Jag, not disputing anything, just name calling all day long. His analogy is "dumb", he's a "hippie" and now an "anarchist". Judging by the 'recommend' button as i type this evidently more agree with him than you....
Bryan Harz February 17, 2014 at 07:45 AM
Lots of things are harmful in large quantities. Educating kids on the harmfulness of certain products is a better first step. I'd say parents should do this, but not all parents are good teachers. The money we'd spend on creating the new law could be used to place a simple billboard ad with a "common sense" message in strategic locations, like near convenience stores. Maybe that would be annoying to some, but my opinion is, it's better than passing a law as a first step.


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