If you want to have a vodka Red Bull, or even Irish up your coffee, you may be out of luck if you live in Iowa, if one legislator has his way.
Via the Des Moines Register:
A sweeping ban on alcoholic beverages that contain caffeine is the first bill in the Iowa Senate this year.
The proposal would prohibit the sale or possession of such drinks, as well as ban transporting or distributing them. Senate File 1 was filed by Sen. Brian Schoenjahn, D-Arlington.
A violation would be a simple misdemeanor punishable by 30 days in jail and a fine of between $65 and $625. Anyone with a liquor license would have their permit revoked.
As Reason points out:
The bill defines “caffeinated alcoholic beverage” as “any beverage containing more than one-half of one percent of alcohol by volume, including alcoholic liquor, wine, and beer, to which caffeine is added.” Hence it apparently applies not only to drinks with a noticeable caffeine kick but also to coffee-flavored liqueurs with detectable amounts of the stimulant, such as Kahlua or Tia Maria, and any cocktails made with them, such as a Black Russian or a Mudslide. In addition to jail time and fines, violators would face revocation (not just suspension) of their liquor licenses, and therefore loss of their livelihoods—a pretty harsh penalty for following the instructions in a Mr. Boston book.
How devastating could such a law be? I for one never would have made it through my college years in Iowa without those amaretto-spiked coffee mugs that helped me write my term papers at 3 a.m.
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