Palcohol or powdered alcohol takes a normal glass or bottle of water and turns it into an alcoholic beverage. With flavors like cosmopolitan, and lemon drops, the company that makes it is hoping to get on store shelves soon but it looks like those shelves won’t include Virginia ABC stores as lawmakers have unanimously passed bills banning Palcohol from being sold in Virginia.
“Our position is we’re better off to outlaw it for now and then let’s see what happens,” said Delegate John O’Bannon.
O’Bannon, who is also a doctor, says there are serious concerns about the appeal the powder might have on kids, and if people decide to snort it instead of mixing and drinking it.
“The idea that you may have a whole different formulation of something that is totally new is a little bit scary,” said O’Bannon.
O’Bannon says they wanted to take initiative, saying they were too reactive when it came to synthetic marijuanas that were sold legally across the country before being banned.
“I think there’s enough concern about it that people are trying to get ahead of it,” said O’Bannon.
“All the hysteria about the dangers of Palcohol are unfounded. And anyone who makes those claims is either ignorant or is just being untruthful to promote their agenda,” said Palcohol creator Mark Phillips.
Phillips isn’t currently doing interviews but made the statements in a YouTube video dispelling concerns, saying it would be too painful to snort, hard to conceal, and couldn’t be used to spike drinks because it takes too long to dissolve, and as far as appealing to kids,
“Only adults 21 years and older with proper identification can buy it so it will not be easier for kids to get it.”
While some states have banned the product the company says it still plans on selling Palcohol in the U.S. as early as this spring.