silverstein palc passes SenateSPRINGFIELD–The Illinois Senate passed a measure today sponsored by State Senator Ira Silverstein (D–Chicago) to ban powdered alcohol in Illinois. Senate Bill 67 also sets penalties for its sale.

Alaska, Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Carolina and Vermont have already banned “Palcohol” or are considering legislation to ban it. Powdered alcohol is a product not yet for sale but expected to be dangerous, particularly for minors.

“Powdered alcohol has the potential for abuse and alcohol poisoning, especially by young people,” Silverstein said. “The ease of concealing a lightweight, 1-ounce packet for minors to carry in situations where binge drinking is predictable or liquid alcohol is prohibited is an avoidable risk.”

 

Powdered alcohol is any crystal substance of powder containing alcohol. It may be dissolved in water or other liquids or sprinkled on food. It could be eaten or snorted without mixing.

Violating this law would result in a Class A misdemeanor for a first offense and a Class 4 felony for a second or subsequent offense.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) is pursuing a federal ban, saying, “Underage alcohol abuse is a growing epidemic with tragic consequences and powdered alcohol could exacerbate this.”

Senate Bill 67 now goes to the House for their consideration.

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