Ohio wants to ban powdered alcohol

Ohio Statehouse. (WDTN Photo/Paul Rodzinka)
Ohio Statehouse. (WDTN Photo/Paul Rodzinka)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio House has scheduled a vote on a bill that would ban the sale of powdered crystalline alcohol.

The measure is scheduled for a floor vote Wednesday after clearing a House committee on Tuesday with unanimous support.

Proponents cite safety concerns and problems with underage access to the powder, known as Palcohol. Lawmakers in Ohio and other states are rushing to outlaw it even before it reaches shelves.

The substance is easily concealed and sold online, and can be added to any beverage to make it an alcoholic drink. Promoters say it “turns water into rum.”

The House passed a similar ban last session, but it died before it could be debated in the Senate.

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