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Lawmakers Propose Ban On Powdered Alcohol In California


California lawmakers want to ban a new product called powdered alcohol.

It’s a freeze-dried version of alcohol that becomes a cocktail when mixed with water.

Assembly Democrat Jacqui Irwin says it’s ripe for abuse by minors.

“To me it’s quite obvious that it’s aimed directly at young people," Irwin told Capital Public Radio on Friday. "It is going to be much easier to sneak this powder into venues, to sneak it into schools, to pass it on to your friends. And we already have an epidemic in underage drinking. I don’t think we need to add any more fuel to the fire.”

Republican state Senator Bob Huff has introduced a similar bill.

The lawmakers say powdered alcohol has already been banned in 27 other states.

The measures will now wait for their first policy hearings at the Capitol in the coming months.


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