The FBI Is Battling With States Over Powdered Alcohol

Mar 12, 2015 at 1:55 PM ET

The federal government has approved the sale of powdered alcohol, but that doesn’t mean that you will be able to get it in your state. More than half the states in the country have either banned the sale of powdered alcohol or are considering legislation that would.

Think of it as Crystal Light that gets you drunk, Palcohol, an alcoholic powder to which you add water, was officially approved for sale by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau on Wednesday. But many states don’t agree. Some legislators are worried that people will snort the powder, sneak it into places that don’t allow alcohol, or that minors will abuse Palcohol.

In a statement on Palcohol’s site, the company addressed these potential bans:

Many states are moving to ban powdered alcohol. Why? Because the liquor industry is against it and they want to squash competition and protect their market share… If you want to try Palcohol, you need to contact your legislators to tell them you don’t need the government to be our nanny. We’re big boys and girls and can decide for ourselves if we want to use alcohol because that’s all Palcohol is, liquid alcohol in powder form.

The sale of powdered alcohol is currently banned in Alaska, Louisiana, South Carolina, Delaware, Virginia and Vermont. Another 24 states, including Minnesota, Ohio and Illinois, have bills to ban it–which in some cases it would even outlaw the possession of Palcohol.