Ohio House votes to ban powdered alcohol

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bill banning the sale of powdered crystalline alcohol has cleared the Ohio House with near unanimous approval.

The measure takes aim at a substance known as Palcohol, which is being prepared for general sale in the U.S. Lawmakers in Ohio and other states are rushing to outlaw the substance before it reaches shelves. They raise concerns over safety and easy accessibility by underage users.

Sponsoring state Rep. Jim Buchy said during Wednesday’s floor session that powdered alcohol would exacerbate Ohio’s substance abuse problems.

The powder is sold online and can be easily concealed. It is added to any beverage to make it an alcoholic drink. Promoters say it “turns water into rum.”

The legislation moves next to the Ohio Senate.