Illinois eyes bans on powdered alcohol, caffeine, e-cigs

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Illinois lawmakers are close to banning — or partially banning — new versions of some of the most popular products on any convenience store shelf.

The Illinois Senate is poised to vote on two proposed laws outlawing powdered alcohol and powdered caffeine.

Chicago Democrat Ira Silverstein is pushing the powdered alcohol ban, and the proposal cleared a legislative committee last week.

Illinois Watchdog reached out to Silverstein, but he did not immediately return our calls.

Silverstein has said, however, that he’s afraid for young people.

“It’s the type of item that can be sprinkled on food or put in drinks,” Silverstein told the State Journal Register.

But Sherzod Abdukadirov, a research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, said the fear about what could possibly, maybe, perhaps occur is a dangerous one.

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