A measure (A-3580) Assemblyman Ron Dancer sponsors that bans the sale of powdered alcohol in New Jersey was approved by the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee today. Powdered alcohol, commonly known as Palcohol, was approved for sale by the Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau in March.
“This is not like mixing Kool Aid.,” stated Dancer, R-Ocean, Monmouth, Burlington and Middlesex. “Mixing multiple packs can lead to an overdose or be fatal. The health risks from abuse at sporting events or in public far outweigh the convenience of carrying small packets that only need to be mixed with six ounces of water.
“The opportunity to illegally obtain this product is a major concern, especially for our youth. It poses another challenge in our colleges and schools,” explained Dancer. “The sale of this product is inviting another form of addiction.”
South Carolina, Louisiana, Vermont and four other states have already banned the sale of powdered alcohol which is expected to be available for purchase this summer.