COLUMBIA – The approval of powdered alcohol was not welcomed with open arms in Missouri.
Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, pre-filed a bill Thursday to ban the sale and service of powdered alcohol. Senate Bill 797 would make the possession of powdered alcohol a Class C Misdemeanor. Pearce worked with Rep. Patricia Pike, R-Adrian on the bill last year and passed it through the House twice.
Both Pike and Pearce said the substance is hard to regulate because it can come in either powder or capsule form, and it is appealing to young people. Both said distributors sell the product online, which gives easier access to minors for alcohol consumption.
The Johns Hopkins’ Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) defined powdered alcohol as alcohol that has been derived by a form of sugar.
Palcohol was the first product to be approved for selling in the U.S on April 8, 2014. Consumers would add water to the powder to drink it, but the Palcohol website also provided other ways to use the substance. Soon after, the Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) took away approval, which Palcohol complied with.
CAMY said a number of public health professionals and state government officials have found the powders could potentially be stronger than standard drinks and can be deadly with too much consumption.