- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut is moving closer toward becoming the latest state to ban powdered alcohol.

The House of Representatives voted 143-2 Monday in favor of legislation banning anyone from knowingly purchasing or selling encapsulated alcohol in powdered form. Offenders would face fines ranging from $100 to $1,000.

Proponents of the bill, which already passed the Senate, voiced concern about children obtaining the packets of powder, which can be added with water to create vodka, rum or other cocktails. About eight states have similar laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The bill, which moves to the governor, also allows farm wineries to distill brandy off-site that’s made with Connecticut fruit. It also allows cider manufacturers to offer free on-premises samples of cider and apple wine to visitors.

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