Why make something illegal?  Because it’s for your own good!  You will make the wrong decision!  I know better!

All things we remember our parents saying when we wanted to do something they didn’t think was appropriate.  Ok, they are our parent’s and care about us….but the government?!

Earlier this year, palcohol, a new powdered alcohol product that allows consumers to mix alcohol powder with liquid to create a cocktail, was approved by the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.  This week, the North Carolina’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission asked lawmakers to ban the product,”We just don’t think we need it in the state of North Carolina,” Chairman James Gardner said.  He has even gone so far as to write a letter to the Speaker of the House encouraging the ban, see the letter here.

According to news reports,

The commission has broad authority to regulate what alcoholic beverages are sold in the state. However, powdered alcohol is not a “beverage” and therefore falls into a loophole under North Carolina law. Gardner said the commission currently doesn’t have the authority to regulate powdered alcohol sales.

My concern with this is that, whether a Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or Unaffiliated, no body wants the government telling them what they can or cannot drink.  We talk all the time about the government encouraging new business and innovation.  Here is an example of a new product that an American company created…why not try it out?  Members of the legislature and the ABC Commission are entitled to their own values and opinions, but they don’t need to impose them on the rest of us because they do not trust citizens to make their own choices.
Sounds like prohibition all over again….