Michigan has just passed a bill that effectively bans powdered alcohol or “palcohol” from entering its market. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley had signed the said preemptive bill on Wednesday, prohibiting the sale, use or possession of palcohol.
According to the National Conference of State Legislature, the U.S. Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) approved labels for Palcohol stating that it can be added to water to make an alcoholic beverage back in April 2014. However, within two weeks of approving the said labels, the TTB had said that they had approved the said labels for Palcohol by mistake. And the following year, in March 2015 the TTB had approved the revised labels for Palcohol. Moreover, the organization had allowed for Palcohol to be sold legally throughout the United States, unless prohibited in the state.
Today, there are already 25 states that have decided to put a ban on Palcohol. States such as Alabama, Alaska, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Washington have statutorily prohibited the sale of Palcohol. On the other hand, Maryland and Minnesota have only imposed a temporary one-year statutory bans on Palcohol. Meanwhile, states like Colorado, New Mexico and Michigan included Palcohol in their statutory definitions of alcohol. This means that powdered alcohol can be regulated under its existing alcohol statutes.
Meanwhile, Palcohol manufacturer, Lipsmark LLC, has said that putting a ban on Palcohol is not a good decision. For one, the company believes that doing so limits people’s freedom of choice. Moreover, they explained that “no one wants a nanny government telling its citizens what they can and cannot drink.” At the same time, Lipsmark also wants emphasize that the ban imposed on their product was not due to public safety. After all, powdered alcohol is reportedly less of a threat to public health than liquid alcohol can ever be.
Meanwhile, Lipsmark also suggest several uses of Palcohol. This include using powdered alcohol as an antiseptic, turning it into a wiper fluid and even transforming it into a lightweight fuel source.