Michigan Police, Doctors Urge Quick Ban On Powdered Alcohol

LANSING, MI (AP) – Michigan may join at least six other states and ban a powder product that makes vodka, rum and cocktail drinks when mixed with water.

Police, physicians and liquor lobbyists are working with lawmakers in an effort to prohibit powdered alcohol in the state. They held a news conference in the Capitol Tuesday calling on legislators to act on bipartisan bills without delay.

Supporters say the unsafe product will open the door to more underage drinking and drunken driving. They also fear people will mix the product with alcoholic beverages to create a “super-alcoholic” drink.

The product won federal approval in March, and states have been moving quickly to prohibit it. The creator has said the resistance to Palcohol is being driven partly by the liquor industry’s worry about competition.

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