A bill to keep Illinoisans under 18 away from powdered pure caffeine has moved out of a committee. “It is dangerous,” said the sponsor, State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood). “Illinois is taking a proactive approach. We have not had any deaths here in Illinois, however (there have been two deaths in the nation). A teaspoon is like 25 cups of coffee. While some people see it as a weight loss drug, not knowing how much you put in can have a lethal effect.”
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Another powder ban – on powdered alcohol – passed the same committee. S.B. 9 (caffeine) and S.B. 67 (alcohol) passed the Senate Criminal Law Committee.