ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Governor Cuomo has signed legislation that will prohibit the sale of any powdered or crystalline alcohol product, also known as “Palcohol,” in New York State. We are joining more than 20 other states in prohibiting the sale of the substance.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed the new law, which takes effect in 30 days to prohibit sales of the freeze-dried alcohol, which is mixed with water to create beverages. Cuomo says it’s a dangerous product that can lead to unsafe levels of intoxication by improperly mixing it or ingesting the powder. It is readily portable and easy to conceal in its powdered form, increasing the ability for underage youths to gain access to it.
Producers of the product say it should be subject to the same regulation as alcoholic beverages.
Federal regulators authorized its sale in March.