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Illinois bans ephedra

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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Legislation banning sale of "any dietary supplement containing any quantity of ephedra or ephedrine alkaloids to any person" in Illinois passes both houses of General Assembly May 15. Violators would be subject to fines of up to $5,000 and could face up to one year in jail for first offense. Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D), who urged the bill's passage, has pledged to sign the legislation. In May 16 1press release, ephedra foe Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) calls bill "stark and compelling evidence of the federal government's failure to take decisive action against ephedra." Durbin sends seventh letter to HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson urging nationwide ban of herbal...

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