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Reps. Buchy and Gerberry Applaud Passage of Bill Banning Powdered Alcohol

November 20, 2014
Republican Newsroom

State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) and Ron Gerberry (D-Austintown) today announced that the Ohio House of Representatives passed legislation that prohibits the sale of powdered crystalline alcohol.

Powdered or crystalline alcohol, or Palcohol as it’s known, is easily concealed and can be added to any beverage to make it an alcoholic drink. As a product that is new to the market, concerns have been raised regarding its safety and its availability to underage Ohioans. Questions have also arisen regarding how much of the substance can be added to a drink and how it will be ingested.

“This legislation will ensure that we don’t have powdered alcohol in Ohio.  With the growing drug problem, we need to continue working for policies that reduce these issues,” said Rep. Buchy, who sponsored the bill along with Rep. Gerberry.

“It was a pleasure working with Representative Buchy on this legislation, which is good public policy for all Ohioans,” Rep. Gerberry said.

House Bill 594 will now go to the Senate for further consideration.