By Martín Wagmaister–TNMNews Executive Producer
Whether you’re pro-marijuana or not, if you’re not scratching your head this morning over what our government decided to do, something’s not right in your cranium. The issue at hand here is the fact that the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has given the greenlight for Palcohol, a powdered alcohol that people (and start thinking what kind of people) will be able to mix into drinks. Palcohol would come in a pouch and all the user would need to do is add water to get the equivalent of an alcoholic drink.
An article in The Huffington Post points out that Palcohol actually got approval last year, but the bureau changed its mind. Yesterday, a bureau spokesman told The Associated Press everything was taken care of and that four varieties of Palcohol were approved.
One of the first thoughts that has come into the mind of the average person is that somehow, someway, we have found an easier way for children to become alcoholics. We have found an easier way for it to be cool to drink alcohol. But wait, there’s more. What makes the bureau think that kids won’t sneak this stuff into events, into their schools, spike drinks at a party with ease? Last but not least, what’s to say that our youth won’t just snort the stuff to get the buzz faster?
It’s quite obvious that the approval of a product like this is putting worry into adults across the country, whether they’re parents or not. Fortunately, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau will allow states to regulate the sale of Palcohol within their jurisdiction. In fact, according to the Huffington Post article, some states have already begun efforts to ban powdered alcohol. That includes lawmakers in marijuana haven, Colorado. Last month, they “advanced legislation to temporarily stop its sale.” That bill has since changed to make sure that once it gets federal approval, powdered alcohol would be regulated as if it were liquid alcohol.
Palcohol has been responding to the controversy for some time and they are aware that it will continue. A statement on the company’s website says it hopes to have the product for sale this summer. Pricing will be announced soon. Palcohol founder Mark Phillips didn’t give many details in the statement, but did say that the company has developed four products that have been approved, including powdered versions of a cosmopolitan, a margarita, vodka and rum. He also that a “Lemon Drop” flavor will be “approved shortly.” When asked why he developed Palcohol, Phillips explained that he was looking for a way to enjoy alcoholic drinks after hiking or other activities without having to carry heavy bottles around.
So there you have it. Powdered alcohol is heading to store shelves across the country, yet people with cancer, veterans with PTSD, beautiful little children with the debilitating Dravet Syndrome, are all in need of marijuana. Not for a high, but for their lives to be saved. Yet, they are denied that right and they live without it, while today, the nation has found its cool and new fashionable way to get inebriated. And the cherry on top? The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau don’t seem to care about the potential for major abuse of Palcohol. According to them, “Potential for abuse isn’t grounds for us to deny a label.” Party on America, party on.
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