Chicago is considering passing a ban on little baggies in its attempt to combat drugs:
Tiny plastic bags used to sell small quantities of heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana and other drugs would be banned in Chicago, under a crackdown advanced Tuesday by a City Council committee.
Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd) persuaded the Health Committee to ban possession of “self-sealing plastic bags under two inches in either height or width,” after picking up 15 of the bags on a recent Sunday afternoon stroll through a West Side park.
Lt. Kevin Navarro, commanding officer of the Chicago Police Department’s Narcotics and Gang Unit, said the ordinance will be an “important tool” to go after grocery stores, health food stores and other businesses. The bags are used by the thousand to sell small quantities of drugs at $10 or $20 a bag.
Where to start?
My first thought is that such a ban would really piss me off because I like those little baggies to pack a snack of peanuts or whatever in my lunch.
My second thought is that baggies to hook people on drugs, drugs can do that on their own even with bigger baggies.
My third thought is: Why does the government feel the need to regulate such nonsense? Especially when the “War on Drugs” is a miserable failure that has led to the highest incarceration rates in the world. Our prisons are full of nonviolent drug offenders who pose no real threat to society.
And my fourth and final thought is: Why does the government of Chicago feel the need to combat health food stores and grocery stores?