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Friday, May 2, 2014

Minnesota Vermont Will Ban Powdered Alcohol

Minnesota and Vermont are the first states to put forth measures that would ban powdered alcohol, The Washington Post reports. The proposed bans are the result of the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approving labels for Lipsmark powdered alcohol, called “Palcohol.” The approval was reportedly made in error, but the makers of Palcohol stated that they would resubmit an application.

A number of health experts fear the potential misuse and abuse of powdered alcohol; on the Palcohol website they warn that the product should not be snorted. In response, a Minnesota bill by state Representative Joe Atkins was introduced this week that would ban powdered alcohol.

“Virtually every possible use for powdered alcohol is nefarious, not to mention potentially dangerous,” Atkins said in a news release. “The different flavorings make it appealing to children and students who could easily sneak packets into school. This powder could also be inhaled or snorted, bringing a whole new world of problems into play. With how quickly this is moving, we shouldn’t wait until next session to deal with this issue. We need to move quickly to protect public health.”

Vermont is considering a bill similar to the Minnesota bill; Vermont State Senator Kevin Mullin told VPR News, “You can’t buy a bottle of gin at the liquor store if you’re 16. But there’s nothing that I can see in Vermont statute that would prohibit you from buying powdered alcohol, if it was available. So think about kids walking around with packets of powdered alcohol in their pocket – hard to detect.”

More states are likely to follow suit especially if Lipsmark’s application gets approved. There is no question, powdered alcohol will be dangerous and will surely be attractive to teenagers.

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