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Lawmakers push powdered alcohol ban up to Senate

Posted at 4:26 PM, Feb 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-26 19:34:30-05

Powdered alcohol is one step closer to being banned in the state of Idaho.

The Idaho House passed a bill criminalizes the sale or use of powdered alcohol that only won by two votes.

Bill sponsors worry the substance will be easier to smuggle into sporting events or into the hands of minors.

"Everybody knows there are issues with the societal costs from the misuse of beverage alcohol," State Liquor Division Director Jeff Anderson. "Adding another component that could lead to concealability on the part of minors or irresponsible adults of legal drinking age bringing them into sports venues or other places where alcohol is prohibited, it just doesn't seem like we need to go there right now."

Opponents argue that the powdered alcohol fears of powdered are overblown and are used by hikers to reduce weight when traveling.

The bill will head to the Idaho Senate next.