Bill to ban energy drinks up for debate in Annapolis

ANNAPOLIS - Friday, the Maryland House of Delegate's Economic Maters Committee will consider a bill that would ban the sale of energy drinks to minors.

The bill is backed by a number of organizations - including the Maryland chapters of the American College of Cardiology and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Experts say energy drinks can be dangerous and even deadly to kids, teens and anyone with an underlying heart condition.

14-year-old Anais Fournier of Hagerstown died in 2011 after drinking Monster Energy drinks.

The Medical Examiner determined she died from cardiac arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity. 

If the bill passes, Maryland would be the first state in the U.S. to ban selling energy drinks to anyone under 18.

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