Food & Drink

Hoard your colas, because America just passed its first soda tax

Published On 11/05/2014 Published On 11/05/2014

Yesterday, the democratic process went down in elementary schools and libraries across the country. And lots of interesting developments came out of the midterm elections. Weed became legal in Oregon, Alaska, and DC. The country map turned a sweeping shade of red. And out in Berkeley, California, the people passed the first-ever soda tax.

Over 70% of voters said yes to Measure D, which will place a one cent-per-ounce tax on soft drinks. This makes Berkeley the first city in America to pass a so-called "sin" tax on sodas, energy drinks, and sweetened iced teas -- a New York judge blocked Michael Bloomberg's infamous ban on large sodas this summer and San Francisco's similar Measure E failed to net the necessary two-thirds majority last night. Fans of the measure believe this win is an important step in fighting obesity that could set a nationwide trend, while opponents of the measure are currently weeping into their Shaq soda-filled fridges. Hang in there, guys. At least you still have one of the best college towns around.

Kristin Hunt is a Food/Drink staff writer for Thrillist, and wonders if Michael Bloomberg stuffed the ballot box. Follow her to soda conspiracy theories at @kristin_hunt.

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