RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Alcohol in powdered form that can become a cocktail with a little water could be prohibited before it reaches North Carolina markets.
The House gave initial approval Monday to legislation that would ban the sale or possession of powdered alcohol. Federal regulators gave approval last month to what its creator wants to sell under the name “Palcohol.”
But lawmakers in at least a half-dozen states have already outlawed the powder. Bills have been filed in 30 other states.
Rep. Shelly Willingham of Edgecombe County likened the powdered alcohol to Kool-Aid. He says young people could easily conceal its possession and the powder could go in coffee or sprinkled on food.
Monday’s vote was 111-5. A final House vote is slated for Tuesday. It would still have to pass the Senate.