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SPRINGFIELD — Illinois and other states are taking aim at a new form of booze.

Legislation filed in the Illinois Senate earlier this month would ban the sale and distribution of powdered alcohol.

The move comes as Palcohol, a company that makes a powdered form of alcohol, is trying to get regulatory approval to bring its product to market.

State Sen. Ira Silverstein, D-Chicago, said he wants to ban the product before it has a chance to hit stores.

The legislation would amend the Liquor Control Act of 1934 and defines powdered alcohol as “any powder or crystalline substance containing alcohol produced for human consumption.”

Palcohol’s founder, Mark Phillips, enjoys the outdoors and likes to have an adult beverage at the end of his hikes, according to the company’s website.

Phillips believes alcohol is too inconvenient to carry while doing physical activities so he created the lightweight option. Five ounces of water added to the Palcohol pouch creates a drink, or the powder can be sprinkled on food.

Freeze-dried vodka and rum along with cocktails are among the options offered by Palcohol.

Illinois would not be the first state to pass legislation to ban the dry booze. Delaware and Alaska have had bans for the last two decades or longer.

In 2014, Louisiana, South Carolina, Vermont, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York and Ohio all enacted some kind of ban on powdered alcohol.

Similar legislation is pending in Indiana. Iowa also is studying the matter.

“It’s more of a public safety bill,” Silverstein said. “We don’t need people spiking beverages.”

The company did not immediately respond to requests for information.

Palcohol’s website said the ban would create a black market for the product. Also, it would be hard to spike a drink because the powder must be continuously stirred for about one minute to dissolve.

The legislation is Senate Bill 67.


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