Chicago outlaws sale of synthetic cocaine, marijunana

The Chicago City Council voted Wednesday to outlaw the sale of synthetic cocaine, following an earlier ban on the sale of synthetic marijuana.

Here is a portion of the story from the Chicago Tribune:

Chicago aldermen approved a measure that would ban the sale of synthetic cocaine within the city and levy fines of up to $1,000 on retailers who violate the ordinance.

Businesses also could see their licenses suspended or revoked for selling the substances, which have become more common in recent years.

The intent of the products — sometimes euphemistically called bath salts — is to mimic the effects of cocaine and other illegal substances, like methamphetamine or Ecstasy. But some who have used them have ended up suicidal or have gotten into car crashes, authorities said.

The state made manufacturing or selling the products a felony punishable by hefty fines, but manufacturers have altered some of the ingredients to get around the bans, the attorney general’s office said.

The council also recently banned the sale of synthetic marijuana.


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