Jones bill to ban powdered alcohol heading to the governor

Sen. Rick Jones

Sen. Rick Jones

LANSING, Mich. — Following passage on Tuesday by the Michigan House of Representatives, legislation sponsored by Sen. Rick Jones to make powdered alcohol illegal in Michigan is almost on its way to the governor’s desk.

“With the House’s action, we are only one step away from stopping a product from coming to Michigan before it begins affecting Michigan residents,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “This is about protecting the safety of our children. During my time as a sheriff, I saw many young people tragically die due to alcohol poisoning. I introduced this bill because I am deeply concerned that such tragic losses of life would dramatically increase if powdered alcohol were to be allowed in our state.”

Senate Bill 240 would prohibit the sale, distribution and possession of powdered alcohol.

“Powdered alcohol could be easily abused, even without a person’s knowledge,” Jones said. “It is marketed with flavors like ‘lemon drop’ that appeal to kids, and a predator could victimize someone by slipping this product into the person’s drink – greatly increasing its alcohol content.”

Jones said that many states have already banned powdered alcohol and other states are considering bans. The bill has been sent to the Senate for a procedural vote before heading to the governor.