Powdered Alcohol is Banned in Kentucky KRS 241.010; KRS 244.652 (effective 2016-07-15)

  • Powdered or crystal alcohol is illegal. Powdered alcohol is similar to "Kool-aid" or "Crystal Light" as it is a powder that can be mixed with water to produce an alcoholic beverage drink. Kentucky, like many other states, has now banned this product.

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241.010 Definitions for KRS Chapters 241, 242, and 243.(KY LRC)

(1)    "Alcohol" means ethyl alcohol, hydrated oxide of ethyl or spirit of wine, from whatever source or by whatever process it is produced;

(2)    "Alcoholic beverage" means every liquid or solid, whether patented or not, containing alcohol in an amount in excess of more than 1% of alcohol by volume, which is fit for beverage purposes.


Kentucky History of Powdered Alcohol Legislation(KY LRC)

Powdered Alcohol is Banned KRS 241.010; KRS 244.652

  • Powdered or crystal alcohol is illegal. Powdered alcohol is similar to "Kool-aid" or "Crystal Light" as it is a powder that can be mixed with water to produce an alcoholic beverage drink. Kentucky, like many other states, has now banned this product.

 

Kentucky General Assembly 2016 Regular Session:

  • HB43is currently in the House Licensing and Occupations Commitment, and seeks toprohibit powdered or crystalline alcoholic beverage products.
  • SB11 to forbid any person to possess, sell, or offer for sale, or use any powdered or crystalline alcoholic beverage productpassed the Senate on 01/14/16 with a 29-8 vote, then passed the House on 03/25/16 with a 76-20 vote with Committee Substitute (1) and floor amendment (2).  The Senate concurred on 03/29/16, and passed the measure 31-6.  The bill was delivered to the Governor on 03/29/16, and signed.  The law went into effect 07/15/2016.

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Kentucky Interim Joint L&O Committee: June 18, 2015, Meeting Minutes (KY LRC)

Powdered Alcohol – Steve Humphress, General Counsel, Department for Alcoholic Beverage Control

“Powdered Alcohol is similar to kool-aid or tang, a powder that, when mixed with water, becomes an instant alcoholic beverage drink

Mixed with 6 ounces of water the product becomes 10% ABV and comes in assorted flavors. The Palcohol container is a foil type with a zipper to open similar to Capri Sunpackets.

In response to a question from Representative Koenig, Mr. Humphress said this product was part of the legislative package that failed to pass last year, and

YCAE-_Great_Power_Great_Resp.pngboth the department and the industry AGREED this

SHOULD BE BROUGHT FORWARD during the coming session.

In response to a question from Senator Schickel, Mr. Humphress said there are public health officials concerned that youth would abuse the product.

Health officials are concerned about the potential for abuse and marketing that could attract underage drinking.”

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