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The Race to Ban Palcohol

Spirits stock the shelves of Kocks Liquor Store in Wichita Falls, but all that liquor is in liquid form. 

Texas State Congressman Charlie Geren has a bill to make the now nationally legal "Palcohol" illegal in the Lone Star State. Yesterday, that bill was fast-tracked to a committee where no opposition is anticipated. 

Owner of Kocks Liquor Victor Kocks doesn't think Palcohol will affect his business either way.

"I don't think that its going to be an important part of our market," Kocks said. "I think people like the traditional things better. And I think they'll stick with that. I don't think it will hurt us at all."

But even if powdered alcohol is deemed legal in Texas, Kocks doesn't know if he'll sell it. He's concerned that his grandkids may have an easier time getting ahold of the flavored alcoholic powder.

Those concerns are shared by the CEO of Red River Hospital Jack Warburton.

"The abuse potential is increased, and also the likelihood that individuals, like teenagers, that should not be ingesting alcohol will be ingesting alcohol does increase," Warburton said. 

Chemically powdered alcohol is the same as alcohol. But behaviorally, Warburton says, it's a new form, and it comes with new ways to abuse it.

"The real danger here is the user's knowledge of how much their ingesting is way more difficult to gauge," Warburton cautioned.

Because of the health risk Palcohol poses to the public, Warburton believes it should be limited.

"The best way to help folks that might have an addiction problem is to prevent a new substance from being presented," Warburton advised.

If passed, Representative Geren's bill banning Palcohol in Texas would take effect on September 1st. In 2015 alone, 47 bills in 28 states have been introduced, which attempt to regulate powdered alcohol.

Click here to see Dave's original story on Palcohol in Texas. 

Dave Caulfield, Newschannel 6

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