Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Purpose: The board is permanently prohibiting the importation, manufacture, sale or distribution of alcohol energy drinks in the state of Washington. The mission of the Washington state liquor control board (WSLCB) includes ensuring the responsible sale, and preventing the misuse of, alcohol. As part of this mission, the WSLCB endeavors to ensure that products which pose a threat to public safety are handled appropriately. The board is particularly concerned about alcohol energy drinks, which are marketed in a way that implies the consumption of these beverages has a stimulating or energizing effect. These beverages promote a situation where people may become inebriated, but cannot judge their own condition, which is contrary to human health and public safety. This is contrary to the mission of the WSLCB.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 66.08.010, 66.08.030, 66.24.261, 66.28.120.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 11-03-040 on January 12, 2011.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: March 2, 2011.
WAC 314-20-022 Alcohol energy drinks. (1) No product that combines beer, strong beer, or malt liquor with caffeine, guarana, taurine, or other similar substances, which are commonly referred to as "alcohol energy drinks," may be imported into the state, produced, manufactured, distributed, sold or offered for sale by a licensed retailer in the state of Washington.
(2) Beer, strong beer, or malt liquor with coffee, chocolate, or other natural substances used for flavorings, are not prohibited under this section.