LANSING, Mich. — Legislation sponsored by Sen. Rick Jones to make powdered alcohol illegal in Michigan was signed into law by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley on Wednesday.
“Michigan has now taken a stand against a dangerous product so that it never wreaks havoc on our residents,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “During my time as a sheriff, I saw many young people tragically die due to alcohol poisoning, and I was deeply concerned that such tragic losses of life would dramatically increase if powdered alcohol were to be allowed in our state.”
Senate Bill 240, now Public Act 165 of 2015, bans the sale, distribution and possession of powdered alcohol.
“Prohibiting powdered alcohol is the best way to protect our children from a product marketed with flavors like ‘lemon drop’ that appeal to kids,” Jones said. “Powdered alcohol could be easily abused, even without a person’s knowledge, and it doesn’t belong in our great state.”
Jones said that many states have already banned powdered alcohol and other states are considering bans.
Article V, Section 26 of the Michigan Constitution gives authority to the lieutenant governor to sign legislation when the governor is out of state. Gov. Snyder is currently attending the 2015 Ontario Economic Summit.