- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A Maine proposal to ban the sale and possession of powdered alcohol is on its way to Gov. Paul LePage after passing the Maine Legislature.

The Legislature unanimously enacted the bill on Wednesday. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Mick Devin of Newcastle says the “potential for misuse and abuse will be extraordinarily high” if the product finds its way into Maine. He says the product could lead to overdoses and car accidents, and that it is could be especially dangerous for young people.

An establishment with a liquor license caught distributing powdered alcohol could have its license suspended for up to a year.

Product creator Mark Phillips says that banning it won’t work and will only lead to increased demand. He says it isn’t any more dangerous than liquid alcohol.

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