State bill to ban powdered alcohol fails; Palcohol founder speaks out

The controversial powdered alcohol could hit Arizona store shelves this summer.

The product has sparked debate across the country with some states quickly banning it.

The creator of the product hopes that as more people learn about powdered alcohol and how it works, that criticism will fade away.

It's designed to be simple, add water, stir, and you got a cocktail, but some lawmakers are not excited about this party.

"Once they understand the product, they understand that prohibition did not work then, and it won't work now, and they are changing their minds," said Mark Philips, the creator of Palcohol.

And now Arizona is one of those states. In a 7-2 vote the legislature killed a bill that would have banned the product. 

"I never tried it, but I definitely would," said one valley resident.

Mark Philips created Palcohol here in the valley. "I realized there are other uses for it, positive uses, in the military, in energy, aviation, and medicine," he said.

Criticism came quickly with many citing abuse. One of the many criticisms he's heard is that people would snort the alcohol. But he says to get the effect of one shot of liquid alcohol they would have to sniff about 1/2 a cup of his powdered alcohol.

"You can take a shot and be done with it for two seconds, so it makes no sense," said Philips.

Philips is writing lawmakers, hoping to change opinions. In the states where it is allowed he is hoping for a successful roll-out.
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