Push for Fake Pot Ban in Chicago

The proposal would ban all synthetic marijuana sales in the city

By Ivanna Hampton
|  Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011  |  Updated 8:14 AM CDT
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Push for Fake Pot Ban in Chicago

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A new push in Chicago's city council aims to snuff out fake pot sales in in the city. 
 
The finance committee approved a proposal Monday to outlaw synthetic marijuana sales in the city, the Sun-Times reports

 
Currently, Illinois prohibits the sale of the drug with certain chemicals. Manufacturers are changing the ingredients to circumvent the state law.
 
Aldermen Ed Burke (14th) and Matt O’Shea (19th) co-sponsored the proposal, which would ban fake pot sales in the city. Businesses that violate the ordinance would face fines up to $1,000 for each offense and could have their business licenses revoked.
 
“It’s not just kids are doing this. Adults are getting addicted to this stuff and families are getting broken up,” said Burke.  “I don’t think the mainstream public understands the kind of potential this has for tragedy.”
 
The proposal goes up before the full city council Wednesday for a vote.
 

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