Ohio Lawmakers Consider Ban On Powdered Alcohol Before It Hits The Market

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UPDATED: Wednesday July 16, 2014 6:24 PM

In this age of instant coffee, Mark Phillips created powdered alcohol for those on the go.

"Palcohol is just like liquid alcohol," said Phillips.  "It will be sold in the same licensed establishments where alcohol is currently sold and only adults with proper ID over 21 can buy it."

The powder comes in six varieties of liquor.  It weighs an ounce and can fit into any pocket and replace a bottle.

Phillips says the concept is simple, but not all parents agree.

"I'm not a big fan," said Amanda Morgan, who is the mother of two teenagers.  "I can't believe it would be something that they would legalize and make available.  I think it would be far too easy for underage kids to sneak it, depending on how it's packaged and how it's sold."

The concern has prompted one Ohio lawmaker to take action.

Representative Jim Buchy has introduced a bill that would ban powdered alcohol sales in Ohio even if federal regulators approve it this fall.

He says he's particularly concerned about kids.

"If it gets into the wrong hands it's just more problems for society," said Buchy.  "In addition to beer and spirits that they're drinking now, add a powdered form they'll snort it."

Phillips calls a similar claim made by US senator Charles Schumer "ignorant."

"Palcohol is not some super concentrated version of alcohol, it's simply one shot of alcohol in powdered form," said Phillips.

16-year-old Zoe Morgan says if it becomes a reality, teenagers will deal with it.  "I think there are going to be people who take advantage of it, but I think there are good kids who aren't going to think anything of it," said Morgan.

Federal regulators could give approval to Palcohol this fall.

Two states have already banned it while several others are considering it.

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