Maryland Bans Powdered Alcohol Before it Hits the Shelves

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Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot issued a “voluntary ban” on powdered alcohol – or palcohol – in Maryland on Wednesday, and added that the state’s entire alcohol industry was behind him.

In a statement, Franchot said the intent is to keep it out of the hands of minors, and called it an “untenable” health and safety risk.

“The likelihood of widespread Palcohol abuse – particularly among underage consumers – carries a real possibility of tragic consequences, which is why I’m so pleased by the industry’s unified response to protect the public from such a dangerous product,” Franchot said in a statement.

Ever since seven forms of Palcohol were legalized by federal regulators last week, we’ve all been wondering what it’s like. Spiked Tang? Country Time Moonshine?

We’ve already heard that it’s a much easier way to get drunk due to the high alcohol concentration, and the fact that you can take it anywhere. But those selling points are exactly why parents and regulators are worried about it.

Of course, there’s also the chance that by making it off limits, adults might have just made Palcohol even more desirable.

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