Politicians, cops, doctors trot out “kids” to justify ban on new product

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Physicians, politicians and law-enforcement officials across the United States are lining up to issue calls to ban Palcohol, a powdered version of vodka, rum and three cocktails.

Red powder Charlotte Injury Lawyer North Carolina Wrongful Death AttorneyThe company that makes Palcohol—Lipsmark—says it designed the powdered alcohol product to make it easier for people on the go to “enjoy a refreshing adult beverage” without having to lug around heavy bottles of beer, liquor or wine.

The Baltimore Sun asked its readers to imagine children snorting the powder, eating it like Pixy Stix, adding it to their food, or sneaking it into schools or stadiums. The Sun called the product “essentially alcoholic Kool-Aid.”

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved the product for sale in the United States, but even before the product’s approval by federal bureaucrats, state officials made a rush to ban the product in their jurisdictions. According to the Sun, Alaska, Louisiana, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia all banned Palcohol before its approval, “and at least 23 other states are considering legislative bans.”

Politicians in Michigan recently unveiled a bill that would ban the sale and possession of powdered alcohol in Michigan. That bill enjoys bipartisan support. Allegan County Sheriff Blaine Koops, who supports a ban, said “This is probably the most reckless and dangerous product that I’ve seen introduced in my tenure as a public safety officer. There’s no redeeming quality for this product.”

Lipsmark has dismissed those claims, responding that liquid alcohol is “easier to conceal, easier” to use to spike drinks, easier to use to binge drink and less expensive. Furthermore, given the relative alcohol content in Palcohol, a binge-drinker would find liquid alcohol to be a much more economical choice—and one that packs a more powerful punch.

As for snorting Palcohol, kids as well as adults could snort just about anything. The real question is, why would someone want to snort Palcohol? To get drunk, no doubt, but that game has been tested, and snorting the product appears to lead to nothing more (or less) than a bloody nose and a headache.

Nevertheless, writing in the Sun, Drs. Richard Bruno and Leana S. Wen acknowledge some criticism of a ban on powdered alcohol “as limiting personal choice,” but they argue that since governments have already made a track record of banning “alcoholic energy drinks and candy-flavored cigarettes,” a Palcohol ban should be prescribed “in every state in order to ensure that our children are not recklessly exposed to dangerous products.”

The head of North Carolina’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission has asked lawmakers to ban Palcohol in the Tar Heel State, citing—of course—the children, etc. Mark Phillips, president of the Arizona-based Lipsmark, told WRAL that “no one wants a nanny state telling its citizens what they can and cannot drink.”

Writing in the Sun last month, Phillips responded to criticism of his company’s product by alleging that the push to ban Palcohol is more “about the liquor companies protecting their market share and profits” than about public-safety concerns.

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About the Author

ARNOLD & SMITH LAW Matthew Arnold is a Managing Member of Arnold & Smith, PLLC, where he focuses on the areas of family law, divorce, child custody, child support, alimony and equitable distribution.

Mr. Arnold was raised in Charlotte, where he graduated from Providence Senior High School. He attended Belmont Abbey College, where he graduated cum laude, before attending law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a full academic scholarship.

A board-certified specialist in the practice of Family Law, Mr. Arnold is admitted to practice in all state courts in North Carolina, in the United States Federal Court for the Western District of North Carolina, in the North Carolina Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, and in the Fourth Circuit United States Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia.

In his free time, Mr. Arnold enjoys golfing and spending time with his wife and three children.













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