After its pump-fake approval, lawmakers are already trying to make sure powdered alcohol is banned before anyone gets to try it.
As Grub Street reports, Minnesota Rep. Joe Atkins has been opposed from the jump and wants to give Palcohol the swift Mutombo finger wag. "Virtually every possible use for powdered alcohol is nefarious, not to mention potentially dangerous," Atkins said in a press release.
Vermont wants to go to more extreme measures, making its sale punishable by up to two years in jail. State Commissioner of Liquor Control Mike Hogan sees nothing but negatives:
"That’s the bigger question – does the state even want to sell this kind of product? Just from first glance, I don’t think we want to,” Hogan says. “I think it’s kind of irresponsible to put a product like this out in the marketplace. It’s kind of like, like maybe the new Kool Aid, I don’t know.”
Kool-Aid, though? Anyway, Lipsmark LLC—the company that manufactures Palcohol—was prepared for this reaction, so it updated the website with information debunking all criticism:
1. People will snort it and get drunk. Response: We don't think so because, first, it's painful to snort due to the alcohol. Second, it's impractical. It takes approximately 60 minutes to snort the equivalent of one shot of vodka. Why would anyone do that when they can do a shot of liquid vodka in two seconds?
2. Powdered alcohol will make it easier to sneak into venues. The package Palcohol comes in is 4" x 6"....almost five times bigger than a 50ml bottle of liquid alcohol so Palcohol is much harder to conceal.
3. It will be easier to spike a drink. That's not true either as Palcohol takes over a minute to dissolve in liquid while adding liquid alcohol blends immediately.
4. Kids will get a hold of it easier. No, because Palcohol is sold wherever liquid alcohol is sold and the same rules apply, you must be 21 years or older to buy it.
Who will be the bold soul to try this, should it ever see the light of day?
[via Grub Street]
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