NJ legislator wants to block powdered booze sales

    A New Jersey lawmaker wants the state to ban the sale of powdered alcohol.

    The powdered product is designed to be dissolved in liquid to produce an alcoholic beverage.

    Assemblyman Paul Moriarty says it’s a bad idea.

    “This powdered alcohol is way too easy to be hidden,” he said. “Kids can get ahold of this very easily. People could be taking it into restaurants and mixing it with glasses of water and the establishment wouldn’t even know it.”

    Mark Phillips with Arizona-based Lipsmark created Palcohol and dismisses those concerns.

    “Powdered alcohol won’t make it easier to sneak alcohol into places because the bag is too big to conceal,” he said.

    The powdered alcohol could be on the market by summer, and Moriarty is hoping the legislature enacts his proposed ban before then.

    Several other states are also taking action to prevent it from being sold.

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