Maryland issues voluntary ban on powdered alcohol

Powdered alcohol might be sold in some places, but Maryland won't be one of them. On Wednesday, Comptroller Peter Franchot announced a voluntary agreement to ban the distribution and sale of powdered alcohol, or Palcohol.

The agreement was reached with the Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association, Maryland Beer Wholesalers Association, and the Licensed Beverage Distributors of Maryland.

"This product, by its very nature, presents a significant and untenable risk to the health and safety of Maryland consumers," said Comptroller Franchot, who serves as Marylanders chief regulator of alcohol. "The likelihood of widespread Palcohol abuse – particularly among underage consumers – carries a real possibility of tragic consequences, which is why I'm so pleased by the industry's unified response to protect the public from such a dangerous product."

The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau recently approved several labels for Palcohol, a powdered form of alcohol that can be dissolved in a beverage and then consumed. It is expected to be in stores nationwide by the end of summer. Several states have recently passed legislation banning the sale of powdered alcohol.



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