MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - It could be a whole new way to enjoy your favorite alcoholic beverage. It comes In a pouch; You pour in some water, shake it up and you have your drink but if some lawmakers have their way, you will never have a chance to buy it in Alabama.
: a powdered form of alcohol. In March the Alcohol, Tobacco and Trade Bureau approved the Palcohol label and cleared the way for sales in the US, to hit store shelves by summer
There are strong opinions on both sides of the debate. Some see the glass as "half full", others would like to see it all the way "empty". Lawmakers all over the country are trying to pour out the Palcohol before anyone gets a taste."Powdered alcohol is a new concept in Alabama." Representative Craig Ford says. "We want to make it illegal before it becomes legal."
Alabama is not alone, as of this month nine states have bans on powdered alcohol, one state has a temporary ban and four states already have existing laws that prohibit the sale of it. The National Conference of State Legislatures says 80 bills have been introduced in 39 states this legislative session alone involving powdered alcohol.
So what's the big deal? Rep. Ford says the problem with it is underage drinking. It can be easily snuck into athletic events or activities. "A lot of kids are sniffing this like a drug that can give them a high." The maker of this drink says this is just bad information.
"People say powdered alcohol would be easier to sneak into an event. Which would you choose?" Creator Mark Phillips says. "Because of the alcohol in powdered alcohol snorting it is very painful. It would take about one hour to snort this powder. Why would anyone go through all this misery to get one drink in their system?"
One Montgomery resident sides with the maker of Palcohol.
"It's new, and different and for a lot of people that can be scary." resident Connor Heath says. "I think they jump the gun a lot and they are in this case. There's room for abuse on a lot of things that are legal. Alcohol, nicotine, tobacco, stuff like that."
Heath says powdered alcohol is no more dangerous than the liquid form and lawmakers should let the public decide at the store.
So now we wait, but Folks with the ABC board say if lawmakers don't ban it, they can through regulations and restrictions.