Baltimore bans Four Loko to "protect youths;" selling comes with $1,000 fine
Not content to have beat the horse, and left it for dead in a dingy ditch somewhere, Baltimore's health commissioner today banned the sale of caffeinated alcoholic drinks like Four Loko within the city. The ban is effective Thursday, 5 p.m. Why the ban? The press release says it all: "Baltimore Health Department acts to protects youths." Yes, not only did the department just use a word that hasn't been uttered out loud since "My Cousin Vinny," they're also a month late to the Four Loko banning party. Maryland alcohol retailers agreed two weeks ago to stop carrying the devil swill, following four other states that had already taken similar steps months before. It's comforting to know the department moves at a quick pace when it comes to protecting our "youths."
In a move that smacks of reefer madness, the department is also telling residents to call 3-1-1 if they spot any retailers selling Four Loko past Thursday. I guess Andrew Sullivan was right.
Ban violators will be fined $1,000.
The press release from the City of Baltimore and the Health Department is here.