Indiana lawmakers are rushing to ban powdered alcohol before it reaches store shelves in the state. The bill’s author fears the substance could endanger young adults.
When mixed with any liquid, a package of the powdered alcohol creates an instant cocktail with the same alcoholic content as a shot. Indiana lawmakers were already in the process of banning the substance when it received approval last week from federal authorities. Lafayette Republican Senator Ron Alting authored the bill. He plans to amend the legislation so it takes effect right away.
“Whether it be in the classroom or the workplace, it is just bad public policy to have such a product out there that is so easily accessible that it can be used in any setting without sticking out there like a sore thumb,” says Alting.
The bill is scheduled for a vote Wednesday in the House Public Policy Committee.