Powdered alcohol creator to states: Understand my product before you ban it

Associated Press

The creator of powdered alcohol is furiously trying to fend off efforts to ban the product in Maine and across the country before it even hits stores.

After winning federal approval last month, Palcohol founder Mark Phillips is preparing to soon begin selling the powder that makes vodka and rum drinks or cocktails when mixed with water.

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But first, Phillips must convince skeptical lawmakers from Hawaii to Maine who are working frantically to keep powdered alcohol off the shelves

Six states have already passed laws outlawing it, and lawmakers in about 30 other states have introduced bills this year to join, saying they fear the product will make it easier for minors to abuse booze.

Phillips rejects the idea that his product is any more dangerous than liquid alcohol and says banning it will only increase demand.