It seems like only yesterday when those curious Central Washington University freshmen tipped back a few too many cold Four Lokos and wound up in the hospital. Since then, the long arm of the law has been repeatedly bludgeoning makers and distributors of caffeinated booze drinks, banning them in four states, including Washington. Now it looks like Uncle Sam himself is set to step in and put the smack down.
The APreports today that New York Sen. Charles Schumer says the Food and Drug Administration will rule on the drinks this week, and that he's all but certain they will move to ban them.
"This ruling should be the nail in the coffin of these dangerous and toxic drinks," Schumer said.
The news will likely come as a serious blow to certain Washington fans of the drink, like UW junior Jordan En'Wezoh who, besides stocking up on the drinks ahead of Thursday's statewide ban, was prepared to drive to Idaho or Oregon to get Lok'ed if it came down to it.
All that's left to do now, it seems, is clear out the bathtub and perfect those homemade Loko recipes.