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Budget proposal would allow alcohol-laced foods in Ohio
Jell-o shots, chocolates with alcohol in them could be coming to store shelves
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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Ohio Senators have slipped something into their version of the budget that would allow the sale of some food products containing alcohol. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles has details.
Budget proposal would allow alcohol-laced foods in Ohio

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In some states, you can find ice cream, pastries, candies and more that are laced with wine or liquor. But those types of products have not been legal for sale in Ohio. 

Republican Ohio Senator Scott Oelslager says some language has been slipped in the senate’s version of the budget that would open the door to sales and regulations of those news products.

“The Jell-o shots, allowing that to be manufactured in Ohio….and chocolates having alcohol in them. Other states do that type of thing so this would legalize them in Ohio and put them under the department of liquor control to control the issue.”

Senators say they were concerned that without addressing this issue, companies that make these types of products would try to sell them in Ohio under the state’s more lenient guidelines for the sale of food products.
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