You do NOT need ID to buy whipped cream in New York.
A sponsor of the bill that Gov. Kathy Hochul signed late last year sought to clarify it Wednesday amid recent confusion from grocery store and convenience store owners who believed they were required to identify people buying whipped cream as the same like alcohol and tobacco.
“I used to love whipped cream — but now I’m thinking about it,” Sen. Joe Addabbo (D-Queens) said of the unexpected comeback of the bill he sponsored targeting the use of so-called “whips” by teenagers. ”
The law prohibits people under the age of 21 from buying “cream puffs” – devices that can be used to fill balloons with nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, which is then inhaled.
While the devices are visually distinct from Ready Whip coolers and other brands of tasty on-the-go treats, rumors are still swirling about a ban on the ubiquitous creamer dispensers in stores across the country.
“It was initially unclear whether this ban extended to whipped cream containers. To be on the safe side, many stores have begun requiring ID for whipped cream,” according to an Aug. 31 email from the New York Convenience Store Association to thousands of members across the state.
“You do NOT need to identify a customer to sell them a box of whipped cream,” the letters clarify.
Some stores apparently did not receive the legislative memo attached to the bill signed by Hochul last October, which details how the bill seeks to restrict sales of metal cylinders used for nitrogen abuse.
“Nitrous oxide is known to cause hearing loss, liver and kidney damage, limb spasms, central nervous system or brain damage, bone marrow damage, heart failure, or suffocation,” the legislative memo notes.
The bill passed the state Senate and Assembly by wide, bipartisan margins last year, with Republicans making up the majority of the few no votes.
“No one has read the bill. It has four paragraphs,” Addabbo said of the inappropriate buzz surrounding the bill he introduced with Rep. Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Queens), who did not respond to a request for comment.
While the law took effect last year, backlash has grown in recent weeks following media reports alleging progressive cops were cracking down on whipping cream in a state where Big Dairy has the power to milk.
The eventual backlash to the law, which authorizes fines of $250 for first-time violators, inspired hundreds of people to contact Addabbo, who proposed the legislation after hearing about nitrogen-sucking teenagers in his district.
“Between the phone calls and the emails and the texts, these issues have definitely taken over my last 72 hours,” he told The Post on Wednesday.
But the confusion didn’t leave Addabbo feeling sour about the fruits of his legislative labor, despite the confusion.
“It has allowed me once again to highlight the dangers of minors using or inhaling nitrous oxide,” he added.