When in doubt, ban it. It’s the government way.
From Yahoo! News:
Powdered alcohol hasn’t even arrived in stores yet, but states already are moving to ban the product touted by its inventor as an easy way to mix a drink on the go.
Colorado is the latest state considering prohibiting “Palcohol” amid concern it will increase underage drinking. The product is marketed as an ounce of rum or vodka in powdered form, which is then added to water.
Each serving is the equivalent of a shot of liquor, according to Lipsmark, the company that owns Palcohol.
"I think being proactive and jumping out in front of the problem is probably the right thing to do," said Chris Johnson, executive director of the County Sheriffs of Colorado. "It really doesn’t have any place in our society, powered alcohol. We have enough problems with the liquid kind."
Johnson said he fears powdered alcohol will make it easier for children to “sprinkle it on top of their Wheaties for breakfast” and increase the potential for alcohol poisoning.
"It can be a very dangerous thing," he said.
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It should be illegal because it might be dangerous? I suppose we should ban swimming pools, fireplaces, sports, sex, amusement parks, eating, staying home, leaving home, sleeping, not sleeping, pets, tractors and peanuts while we’re at it. Any of those things might be dangerous. Or, you know, we could let free people make their own choices and live with the consequences. That might work too, right?
As a teetotaler, I have some objectivity when it comes to this issue. I personally think it is unwise to purchase a substance that can be easily misused and could potentially have horrible consequences. That’s not a good combination. But you know what? It’s none of my business what others do. I can give what I believe to be sound advice, but I am not arrogant enough to think that I have the right to coerce anyone to do, or not do, anything, so long as they are not infringing on the rights of others.
As usual, let’s remember the immortal words of C.S. Lewis:
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.