Missouri House supports ban on powdered alcohol
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A bill outlawing powdered alcohol in Missouri has passed the state House.
House members voted 95-56 on Thursday to ban the sale and possession of powdered alcohol, which is marketed as Palcohol. Violations would be considered a misdemeanor offense.
Powdered alcohol can be mixed with water or another liquid to make an alcoholic beverage.
The U.S. Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved Palcohol's product label in early 2015. But it's not available on the market yet.
Supporters say the substance can be abused by teenagers and could cause overdoses.
Dozens of other states have banned the substance preemptively.
The Missouri measure drew bipartisan opposition from critics who argued against overregulation and said a ban wouldn't effectively keep the substance away from teens.