Michigan close to banning powdered alcohol from shelves

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is close to joining other states that ban a powder product that makes vodka, rum and other alcoholic drinks when mixed with water.

Powdered alcohol apparently is not widely available in Michigan yet. Lawmakers are taking steps to make sure it never is.

The House on Tuesday voted 102-3 for legislation and sent it to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature.

The bill would prohibit the sale, use or possession of powdered alcohol.

The legislation’s supporters say that the product is safe and opens the door to more underage drinking. Creators of the product have said it is no more dangerous that traditional liquid alcohol.

The product has won federal approval, and states have been moving quickly to prohibit it.

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