Maryland lawmakers have proposed legislation (H.B. 1273) that would prohibit the sale of energy drinks to youth younger than age 18. Defining energy drink as a “beverage, an energy shot, or a powdered drink mix that contains 71 milligrams or more of caffeine per 12-ounce serving and the ingredients taurine, guarana, panax ginseng, inositol, or L-Carnitine in any amount,” the bill would also prohibit minors from possessing such drinks and prohibit their sale in vending machines.
In a related development, Maryland lawmakers have also proposed legislation (H.B. 1255) that would prohibit the inclusion of “any beverage other than bottled water or low-fat milk in a fixed-priced children’s menu or meal.” See BaltimoreCBSLocal.com, March 7, 2014.