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Senators approve ban on powdered alcohol sales

Senators approve ban on powdered alcohol sales

The Maryland Senate  approved legislation Monday night imposing a moratorium on the sale of powdered alcohol for the next two years. The 45-2 vote sends the legislation to the House, which is considering a measure that would impose a moratorium for a year and a month. The two chambers would have to agree on a single approach before the measure could become law. Public health officials have raised concerns that the new product known as Palcohol -- recently approved for sale by a federal agency but not shipped to Maryland -- poses a danger because of its potency and the possibility it could be mixed with alcoholic beverages instead of with water. The officials contend it could...