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(a) As used in this section, “pure caffeine product” means:
(1) Subject to division (a)(2) of this section, a product that consists solely or primarily of caffeine and is manufactured into a crystalline, liquid, or powdered form.
(2) The phrase does not include any of the following that contains caffeine and is formulated, manufactured, and labeled in accordance with the laws and regulations enforced by the United States Food and Drug Administration:
A. Coffee, tea, any soft drink, any energy drink, or any other caffeine-containing beverage;
B. Any energy product.
(b) Except as provided in division (c) of this section, no person shall knowingly sell or offer for sale a pure caffeine product.
(c) Division (b) of this section does not prohibit a person from selling or offering for sale any product manufactured in a unit- dose form such as a pill, tablet, or caplet, but only if each unit dose of the product contains not more than 250 milligrams of caffeine.
(d) Nothing in this section prohibits either of the following:
(1) Possession of a product described in division (c) of this section;
(2) Possession of a pure caffeine product by any of the following:
A. A food processing establishment, as defined in Ohio R.C. 3715.021;
B. A manufacturer of a drug that is available without a prescription;
C. A laboratory that holds a current, valid category III terminal distributor of dangerous drugs license issued by the state board of pharmacy under Ohio R.C. 4729.54;
D. A laboratory of any agency or department of this state that performs testing, analysis, and other laboratory services on behalf of the state;
E. A postal or delivery service that transports or delivers a pure caffeine product to an entity specified in divisions (d)(2)A. to (d)(2)D. of this section.
(e) Whoever violates division (b) of this section is guilty of illegal sale of pure caffeine, a minor misdemeanor on a first offense and a misdemeanor of the third degree on each subsequent offense.