§ 21-37-1. Legislative findings and purpose.
(a) Caffeine is a known alkaloid found in cocoa, coffee, tea, kola nuts, and is naturally present in more than sixty (60) plants. While generally used as a stimulant, it does not actually provide energy, but on the contrary, provides the illusion of energy. While caffeine can be found naturally, powdered caffeine is manufactured in a laboratory setting, and if used in small doses, can be used safely to caffeinate medicines, food, and soft drinks. When used in high doses however, caffeine can raise the user's blood pressure, cause heartburn, dehydration, and can lead to seizures, erratic heartbeats, and in some cases, death.
(b) Currently, powdered caffeine is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, and it is the purpose of this chapter to promote the health and safety of the consumers, particularly minors, by regulating the sale, possession, and use of powdered caffeine within the state of Rhode Island.
(P.L. 2016, ch. 124, § 1; P.L. 2016, ch. 133, § 1.)