ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) – The State Senate has passed a bill that would ban the sale of powdered alcohol.
“Palcohol” made national headlines in April when it was reported that the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved the powdered alcohol, including vodka and rum varieties. But a representative for the federal bureau, Tom Hogue, later clarified to The Associated Press that the approvals were issued in error.
But the furor over the very idea of powdered alcohol was enough for lawmakers in New York State to take action.
Senator Joseph Griffo (R) of Rome sponsored a bill that would ban its sale. He argued, “Powdered alcohol can be transported very easily and can be hidden in a pocket, making it more portable than a bottle or flask of liquor. There are very serious concerns about the illegal use of powdered alcohol by young people, possibly even bringing it into schools or other events and locations that prohibit alcohol consumption. There could also be dangerous health risks from snorting this product to get alcohol directly to the brain. It could even be sprinkled onto someone’s food or in their drink without the other person’s knowledge.”
The bill now moves to the State Assembly.
Lipsmark, the maker of Palcohol, has resubmitted its application for approval to the FDA. So far, that application has not been approved.
Alaska, South Carolina and Vermont have already banned the sale of powdered alcohol.