Defying the FDA, a bill before the Senate would institute prohibition for a new version of alcohol.
Naturally, Chuck Schumer, the omni-prohibitionist control freak New York Senator is at the center of the push to prohibit this new type of alcohol for beverages. Forbes reports,
“I am in total disbelief that our federal government has approved such an obviously dangerous product, and so, Congress must take matters into its own hands and make powdered alcohol illegal,” he said in a statement. “Underage alcohol abuse is a growing epidemic with tragic consequences and powdered alcohol could exacerbate this. We simply can’t sit back and wait for powdered alcohol to hit store shelves across the country, potentially causing more alcohol-related hospitalizations and God forbid, deaths. This legislation will make illegal the production and sale of this Kool-Aid for underage drinking.”
OK, I have no doubt that powdered alcohol is a dangerous product. So are all the rows of bottles of Jack Daniels, Wild Turkey, and Old Crow, the stack of product from the Bacardi Company, and all the different kinds of vodka in my local grocery store. (I live in Missouri which, despite its many faults, is thankfully free of Puritanical influences that keep alcohol out of grocery stores [though the term “Puritanical” is historically inaccurate, as a reader pointed out.) More generically, I have dangerous products under my sink, which I use for cleaners (or my wife does). I have potentially dangerous cold medicines and other forms of medicine in my closet.
Even more amazingly, I drive a gas-powered car. That means I get to pump a flammable, and even explosive fluid through a hose. You would think, given Schumer’s level of confidence in the public, that we are in constant danger of fire.
So on what basis does the danger of misuse mean that powdered alcohol should be singled out for prohibition.
My guess is that some conventional alcohol producers and distributors want to handicap a potential competitor, just like the regular automobile companies have used the government to obstruct Tesla.
Notice that whenever anyone disagrees with restraints imposed by the FDA, they are treated as anti-science buffons. But when the FDA allows freedom, then it is morally obligatory to oppose them.