Yesterday, the Iowa Senate voted in favor of Senate File 123 by a vote of 48-2 which would ban the selling or possession of powdered alcohol in the state. The bill will now go onto the State House where it is expected to pass.
While the alcohol is legal nationally after a decision last week by a federal government agency, some state legislatures are busy trying to ban it. Powdered alcohol is expected to be distributing the product by this summer.
Supporters claim the powdered alcohol is dangerous and could easily get in the hands of children, could be snorted to get drunk, and should be banned by the legislature.
Palcohol, a manufacturer of powdered alcohol, says that banning the powdered alcohol is irresponsible, will create a dangerous black market, and will cost the state financial resources. They also claim snorting powdered alcohol makes no sense. “Listen, people can snort black pepper. So do we ban it? No, just because a few goofballs use a product irresponsibly doesn’t mean you ban it. But even the goofballs won’t snort Palcohol due to the pain the alcohol would cause. It really burns. Imagine sniffing liquid vodka. Second, it’s impractical. It takes approximately 60 minutes to snort the equivalent of one shot of vodka. Why would anyone do that when they can do a shot of liquid vodka in two seconds?”
Palcohol also said on their website that a ban could create a black market like it has for marijuana:
By banning powdered alcohol, the state will create a black market which means the state loses control of the distribution. A concerned parent came up to me and said she supported the ban of Palcohol to keep it away from her 15 year old daughter. I asked her which is easier, for her daughter to buy marijuana or a bottle of vodka in a liquor store? There’s no way a 15 year old can buy vodka in a liquor store but it’s easy to buy marijuana on the street. That’s because marijuana is banned so there are no rules on distribution so anyone can sell it to anyone else. Banning Palcohol will make it easier for kids to get access to the product because there is no control over distribution.
How Your State Senator Voted?
Yeas, 48: Allen Courtney Jochum Schoenjahn Anderson Danielson Johnson Schultz Behn Dix Kapucian Segebart Bertrand Dotzler Kinney Seng Bisignano Dvorsky Kraayenbrink Shipley Bolkcom Feenstra Mathis Sinclair Bowman Garrett McCoy Smith Brase Gronstal Petersen Sodders Breitbach Guth Quirmbach Whitver Chapman Hart Ragan Wilhelm Chelgren Hogg Rozenboom Zaun Costello Horn Schneider Zumbach
Nays, 2: Dearden Taylor
Full Text of Senate File 123
1 1 Section 1. Section 123.3, subsection 5, Code 2015, is
1 2 amended to read as follows:
1 3 5. "Alcoholic liquor" or "intoxicating liquor" means the
1 4 varieties of liquor defined in subsections 3 and 43 which
1 5 contain more than five percent of alcohol by weight, beverages
1 6 made as described in subsection 7 which beverages contain more
1 7 than five percent of alcohol by weight or six and twenty=five
1 8 hundredths percent of alcohol by volume but which are not wine
1 9 as defined in subsection 47 or high alcoholic content beer as
1 10 defined in subsection 19, and every other liquid, or solid,
1 11 powder, or crystal, patented or not, containing spirits and
1 12 every beverage obtained by the process described in subsection
1 13 47 containing more than seventeen percent alcohol by weight or
1 14 twenty=one and twenty=five hundredths percent of alcohol by
1 15 volume, and susceptible of being consumed by a human being,
1 16 for beverage purposes. Alcohol manufactured in this state
1 17 for use as fuel pursuant to an experimental distilled spirits
1 18 plant permit or its equivalent issued by the federal bureau of
1 19 alcohol, tobacco and firearms is not an "alcoholic liquor".
1 20 Sec. 2. Section 123.49, subsection 2, Code 2015, is amended
1 21 by adding the following new paragraph:
1 22 NEW PARAGRAPH. m. Sell, give, possess, or otherwise supply
1 23 for human consumption powdered or crystalline alcoholic liquor.
1 24 EXPLANATION
1 25 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with
1 26 the explanation's substance by the members of the general assembly.
1 27 This bill prohibits a person or club holding a liquor control
1 28 license or retail wine or beer permit, or their agents or
1 29 employees, from selling, giving, possessing, or supplying for
1 30 human consumption powdered or crystalline alcoholic liquor.
1 31 Pursuant to the provisions of Code section 123.50, a violation
1 32 of the provisions of the bill is a simple misdemeanor and
1 33 is grounds for the revocation or suspension of the person's
1 34 license or permit.
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