The state legislature has adopted a bill sponsored by Rep. Laura Fine, whose district includes part of Evanston, that would ban the sale of powdered alcohol in Illinois.
The substance, with the brand name Palcohol, was approved for sale by the federal government two months ago, But a few states, including South Carolina, Louisiana and Vermont, have already banned it and others, including Colorado, New York and Rhode Island, are considering bans.
A one ounce packet of Palcohol reportedly is the equivalent of one shot of alcohol.
The company that makes it claims it’s safer than liquid alcohol, but Fine says it poses a substantial risk to children — arguing it could be easily concealed and used to create more potent drinks than those now legally sold.
“Every day our children deal with peer pressure that often includes using drugs and alcohol,” Fine said. “It is important that as a community we take measures to keep very dangerous substances out of the easy reach of our young people.”
The bill now goes to Gov. Rauner for his signature.
Palcohol is expected to go on sale, in states that don’t ban it, later this year.