Apr 19, 2015 10:20 AM

NH liquor enforcement chief nixes powdered booze

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) - NH's top liquor enforcement officer is telling consumers not to bother looking for powdered alcohol at the state's liquor stores.

Lawmakers in NH and Maine are considering moratoriums or bans on the powdered alcohol being marketed under the brand name "Palcohol.

Vermont and five other states have banned its sale, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Jim Wilson, director of the New Hampshire Liquor Commission's Bureau of Enforcement, tells the Portsmouth Herald that the powdered booze in a pouch is prone to abuse by users.

Palcohol founder Mark Phillips says resistance to his product is being driven by liquor industry fears about competition.

While Granite State lawmakers are considering a moratorium on powdered alcohol pending further study, Wilson advocates an outright ban.


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