BEVERLY HILLS (CBSLA.com) — Los Angeles could become the nation’s first city to ban minors from purchasing energy drinks, as the City Council considers restrictive policies on the beverages.
The potential policies appeared in the initial form of a motion by Councilman Bernard Parks in a committee hearing on Monday afternoon.
In addition to the effect the beverages may have on the general public, Councilman Parks says he is concerned about the effect overindulgence in the drinks is having on police officers and other first responders, who often work late hours, off little sleep and under excessive pressure.
“If you’re in this mode of drinking this energy drink, instead of eating your breakfast, lunch and dinner, and you’re using it to stay up for long periods of time, and you’re not sleeping, you’re in danger of injuring yourself and causing health problems,” Parks said. “That’s what we’re concerned about.”
While skeptics of the motion argue that cracking down on the highly-caffeinated energy drinks is an FDA matter, supporters are suggesting that, if the federal government won’t do anything about it, perhaps it is time for the city to step in.