- Published: Thursday, April 16, 2015 03:53 PM
SPRINGFIELD–The Illinois Senate passed a measure today sponsored by State Senator Ira Silverstein (D–Chicago) to ban powdered alcohol in Illinois. Senate Bill 67 also sets penalties for its sale.
Alaska, Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Carolina and Vermont have already banned “Palcohol” or are considering legislation to ban it. Powdered alcohol is a product not yet for sale but expected to be dangerous, particularly for minors.
“Powdered alcohol has the potential for abuse and alcohol poisoning, especially by young people,” Silverstein said. “The ease of concealing a lightweight, 1-ounce packet for minors to carry in situations where binge drinking is predictable or liquid alcohol is prohibited is an avoidable risk.”