The Federal government is not pleased with the recent announcement to introduce Palcohol into markets in the coming months. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has already approved Palcohol and then rescinded its approval over labeling issues.
It has already been introduced to Colorado, Nebraska, Utah, and Wisconsin. Support in favor of banning powdered alcohol is due, in large part, for the potential for substance abuse.
State legislatures are supporting bills to ban powdered alcohol, mainly because of the fear that it will increase underage drinking. According to the Colorado County Sheriffs Association, powdered alcohol “doesn’t have a place in our society.”
Palcohol was invented by Mark Phillips, who came up with the idea while trying to find ways to easily bring booze with him on hiking, biking, and kayaking trips, without the weight of heavy bottles. Already sold in vodka and rum formulas, it is currently available as four, just-add-water cocktails; including: Cosmopolitan, Mojito, “Powderita” and Lemon Drop.
Food Safety News reports that many states are trying to place bans on the powder before it even makes it to store shelves.
Wisconsin’s Senator, Tim Carpenter, is pushing for a ban in his state because, “the potential for abuse outweighs quite heavily the need for that type of product.”
Lipsmark LLC, the owner of Palcohol, counteracts all of the efforts to ban powdered alcohol with a lengthy statement suggesting that, “people say that banning powdered alcohol is the responsible thing to do. It’s just the opposite. Banning powdered alcohol is the most irresponsible action a legislature can take. By banning a product that’s in demand, it creates a black market which means the state loses all control over it.”