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Idaho looks at banning powdered alcohol

Now that an Arizona company has developed and is preparing to market a form of powdered alcohol, including a “Powderita” that touts, “Just add water for an instant cocktail,” Idaho’s state Liquor Division is proposing legislation to ban the product in the Gem State. Twenty-five states, including Washington, Nevada and Utah, already have banned it.

Inslee signs bills to ease liquor laws, ban powdered alcohol

OLYMPIA –With several strokes of the governor’s pen, Washington’s liquor laws were loosened up Thursday, allowing bars to offer small samples of beer and wine, grocery stores to sell large bottles of beer and cider, distilleries to serve mixers with their samples and wineries to offer private wine-tasting events at other locations. At the same time, it was thumbs down for the newest kid on the booze block, powdered alcohol.

In reversal, bill banning powdered alcohol goes to Inslee

OLYMPIA – A plan to legalize powdered alcohol is headed down the drain. The Senate voted unanimously Thursday to ban the controversial product, which turns water into rum or vodka, just six weeks after voting unanimously to tax and regulate it like liquid booze.

Washington lawmakers mull rules for powdered alcohol

OLYMPIA – Many states are banning powdered alcohol – a controversial product that turns water into rum or vodka. But in Washington, lawmakers want to legalize, tax and regulate it just like liquid booze. The product, which goes by the brand name Palcohol, can’t be sold in the United States pending approval from federal regulators. Five states have laws that would keep it from hitting shelves, if that happens, and bans are being considered in at least a dozen more. Lawmakers there say it’s dangerous, unnecessary and too easy to misuse.