California, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Iowa, Washington, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, Virginia, and Ohio are among the 14 states that now forbid the sale of Everclear. In the remaining 36 states, alcohol retailers are permitted to sell Everclear. Grain alcohol cannot be purchased in some areas, like Maryland, yet owning the substance is legal.
States that prohibit the sale of grain alcohol do so because of sexual assaults. Everclear has no taste and is 2.5 times stronger than a shot of vodka. College campuses are concerned about binge drinking. The chemical is used by bartenders to give fruity beverages a kick.
Grain alcohol represented a very minor fraction of the $15.8 million in tax income from alcohol sales that Maryland received in 2013. Maryland’s ban was criticised by those who make violins and decorate cakes, who said that grain alcohol is beneficial to their industries. Everclear dissolves edible powders used in fondant for cakes as well as colours used to lacquer violins.
Grain alcohol has a 190 proof, or 95 percent alcohol by volume, such as Everclear. Several states, including Wisconsin, have unsuccessfully tried to outlaw the selling of grain alcohol.