Palcohol Ban in Substance Abuse Legislation
BEACON HILL – According to a release, The Massachusetts Restaurant Association is applauding the Massachusetts legislature for their inclusion of a state-wide ban on powdered alcohol in legislation signed into law by Governor Baker entitled An Act Relative to Substance Use, Treatment, Education and Prevention.
Both the House and Senate unanimously voted to implement a prohibition of “Palcohol” that is punishable by a fine of not less than $100 or more than $1,000. The adopted language says that “no person shall sell, offer for sale, manufacture or possess powdered alcohol”.
“We have heard from numerous operators across the state, from function facilities to concert venues, and they have said unanimously that the proliferation of powdered alcohol would have a profound impact on our ability to operate responsibly” said MRA President Bob Luz.
The MRA called this “an important public safety issue”, noting that the consumption of powdered alcohol cannot be regulated and would leave their members with “all the liability” should a patron were bring the product in and mix their own drinks on premises without the knowledge of the restaurant staff.
“I’m glad the State has taken this important step to protect consumers and businesses across the Commonwealth,” said Senator Michael Moore in a release provided by the MRA. The Democrat from Millbury was the lead advocate in pushing for the ban with Massachusetts now joining 25 other states that have taken legislative action.
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