Legislature Moves Forward with Ban on Palcohol

palcoholA powdered alcohol ban is advancing in the state Legislature, though sponsors insist the ban is more of a “time-out” to figure out how to regulate a product that doesn’t exist yet. The Senate voted 28-7 yesterday for a bill to ban the sale of a product called Palcohol. However, the ban would automatically go away if federal regulators approve powdered alcohol. The product, which is still in development, is a powder to which water is added to create an alcoholic solution that is equivalent to a shot of vodka or rum. The bill had passed the House but isn’t ready for the governor’s desk yet. The Senate amended the bill to require powdered alcohol to be taxed like liquor, as opposed to beer. The bill must now return to the House for another vote.

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