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Ban on sale of ephedra to minors passes out of committee

Monday June 9, 2003

Media Release
For Immediate Release

For Information Contact:
Jennifer F. Brislin


Patrick H. Neely

A ban on the sale of diet supplement ephedra to people under the age of 18 was approved unanimously by the Louisville Metro Council’s Public Health and Safety committee today. The ordinance goes to the full Council for a vote on Thursday.

In approving the ordinance, the committee also gave the nod to an amendment instituting a five-year sunset provision on the law, if the Federal Drug Administration bans the herbal supplement in that timeframe.

First District Councilwoman Denise Bentley, sponsor of the ordinance, asked the committee to also consider extending the ban to all persons, regardless of age. That motion failed on a tie vote.

Dr. Roberto Bolli, the local representative for the American Heart Association and a cardiologist at the University of Louisville, spoke at the committee in favor of the ordinance.

The proposal makes it a class B misdemeanor to anyone who intentionally sells the product to a minor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a $250 fine.


Denise Bentley (D)  1