Jones’ bill would ban powdered alcohol

LANSING—Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Rick Jones is introducing legislation this week that would make powdered alcohol illegal in Michigan.

“This is about stopping a product from coming to Michigan before it begins affecting the safety of our children and the public,” said Sen. Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “When I was a sheriff, I saw many young people die due to alcohol poisoning, and I am afraid that such tragic losses of life will dramatically increase if powdered alcohol is allowed in our state.”

Jones’ bill would prohibit the sale, distribution and possession of powdered alcohol, currently marketed as Palcohol.

“This product is marketing flavors that appeal to kids, like ‘lemon drop,’ and young children might not be able to distinguish between a powdered alcohol packet and one for Kool-Aid,” Jones said. “I am also concerned that someone could be victimized by a predator who slips 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, including New York and Ohio.

“We have the opportunity this spring to be proactive and protect the public rather than respond later once powdered alcohol begins impacting Michigan families,” Jones said.

Jones’ bill is expected to be formally introduced and referred to the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee on Thursday for consideration.