"The Chicago ordinance will close the legal loophole that's permitted these dangerous products to remain on store shelves," Burke said, crediting Ald. JoAnn Thompson, 16th, with proposing the fake-pot ban approved last month by the City Council.
Those caught selling products that are intended to mimic the effects of marijuana can be fined $1,000 and lose their business licenses. An Illinois law that broadens a law making it a felony to sell or possess fake pot takes effect Jan. 1, Madigan said.
The state also bans synthetic cocaine, often called bath salts, and Burke said he plans to introduce a measure tomorrow that would ban the sale of synthetic cocaine in the city.