COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Ohio could soon ban powdered alcohol, assuming the Food and Drug Administration re-approves it.
A bill, introduced by State Rep. Ron Gerberry (D-Austintown) and Rep. Jim Buchy (R-Greenville), would outlaw the sale or distribution of the product in Ohio. Several other states have already taken that step and New York could soon join them.
"We don't believe that this consumer product is in the best interest of the citizens of the state and we're going to move forward and hopefully get a ban," said Gerberry.
Palcohol was initially approved in the spring by the FDA. They later pulled their approval. Gerberry wants to make sure Ohio doesn't have to worry about what the FDA might do in the future. Either way, the product would also need approval from the Ohio Division of Liquor Control.
"Even if the feds were to say 'ok we're going to allow this' I don't believe the Division of Liquor Control would move forward," he said.
Gerberry believes that just introducing the bill puts a freeze on it in Ohio.
The biggest concern is over how it might be used, especially by underage consumers.
"You could only imagine where this powdered alcohol could be dumped and the damage it could do," he said.
It's not likely that the bill will make it through the Statehouse before the end of the current General Assembly, but Gerberry says if he's re-elected he'll re-introduce the measure in the next General Assembly.