- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Alcohol wholesalers and distributors in Maryland have agreed to a voluntary ban on the distribution and sale of powdered alcohol.

Comptroller Peter Franchot announced the agreement Wednesday.

It’s between the Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association, the Maryland Beer Wholesalers Association and the Licensed Beverage Distributors of Maryland.

The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau recently approved several labels for Palcohol. That’s a powdered form of alcohol that can be dissolved in a beverage. It is expected to be in stores nationwide by the end of summer. Several states have recently passed legislation banning it.

Concerns have included abuse by minors and the potential to snort the powder. They also have included whether its light weight would make it easy to sneak alcohol into public events or spike drinks.


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