Press Clips: Calif. Senate Passes Bill on Sugary Drink Labels

California Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel)

California Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel)

The California Senate approved a bill last Thursday that would mandate health warning labels on beverages with added sugar, according to The Los Angeles Times.

The measure would require beverages with 75 calories or more per 12 oz. to carry warning labels that read: “State of California Safety Warning: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.”

State Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) introduced the bill in February because of the growing number of health problems related to the consumption of sugar.

“Friends, we face an obesity and diabetic epidemic in the United States,” Monning told his colleagues, according to the Times. “Sugar-sweetened beverages represent the single largest contributor to the diabetes epidemic.”

Naturally, a bill with such polarizing implications has drawn plenty of backlash. Sen. Steve Knight (R-Palmdale) criticized the bill for singling out one industry among a number of others that contribute to physical ailments. Knight held a bag of peanuts and said that too much of anything, including sodium, could lead to health problems.

The California-Nevada Soft Drink Association also opposes the bill.

“Putting government warning labels on more than 500 beverages will do nothing to change personal behaviors or teach people about healthy lifestyles,” the association said in a statement after the vote, according to the Times. “The last thing California needs is more warning labels.”

Even with the Senate’s approval and declining category sales, carbonated soft drinks (CSD) still hold a certain allure to people across the country. While Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Dr Pepper Snapple dominate the category’s market share, a recently-compiled list by Adam Lapetina of Thrillist.com indicates that, by state, the U.S. boasts diverse CSD production.

Take Iowa, for example. Lapetina mentions the state’s Sioux City Sarsaparilla.

“Named after the Iowa city, Sioux City Sarsaparilla is widely regarded as one of the best sarsaparillas out there and was even mentioned in The Big Lebowski. Damn, dude,” he writes.

A few other state sodas to note:

  • Florida — Any Foundation Soda Out of a 7-Eleven Big Gulp

“Self explanatory.”

  • Kansas — Lost Trail Root Beer

“A tried-and-true Kansan brew, Lost Trail’s root beer has been made in-state since the frontier days.”

  • Maine — Moxie

“Even though it was originally invented and produced in Massachusetts, no state is more nuts for the weird flavor of Moxie than Maine, which has even gone so far as to name it the official state drink.”

  • Tennessee — RC Cola

“Famous in the South due to its status as one half of a working man’s lunch (the other being a Moon Pie), RC Cola’s made in Georgia, but it’s pretty beloved in Tennessee, as well.”

legalShifting from the classics to innovation, you’ve probably already tried cold-brew coffee. But have you ever tried cold-brew coffee…on weed?

Beginning next month, a brand fittingly called “Legal” will go on sale in Washington state, according to The Independent. The cold-brew drink contains about 20 milligrams of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, and is kind of like having “a nice IPA or glass of wine,” creator Adam Stites says in the article.

The Legal beverage line comes in five flavors: plain, cream and sugar, cherry, lemon and pomegranate. The article says that each flavor has a different strain of cannabis to provide different effects.

And of course Mirth has a manifesto. His goal? To “promote widespread joy and secure the blessings of euphoria for ourselves and our buds.”