On Friday Governor Sandoval signed a bill into law which bans the sale, use, and possession of powdered alcohol. It also exempts people under 21 years of age from criminal charges related to underage drinking if they are requesting emergency medical services.


Senate Bill 464 explains that existing law makes it a misdemeanor for a person less than 21 years of age to “purchase, possess, or consume alcohol in certain circumstances.” This bill will exempt under-age consumers from those possible criminal charges if they are requesting emergency medical assistance for his or herself or if they are requesting assistance for someone they are with.


The bills states that if the person is calling emergency services on behalf of someone they are with, they too will not be criminally charged if the person they are calling for is under 21 years of age and they remain with the person and cooperate with medical providers and police officers.