Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Do you have a permit for that ziplock baggie?

This is arguably the stupidest story I have come across all day and a perfect example of the twisted logic employed by the majority of those who are sadly paid to determine the fate of their constituents. A city council committee in Chicago is recommending a ban on small plastic bags because they are used by drug dealers to traffic small quantities of their wares. As if the drug dealers won't simply obtain their supply of small bags on the black market, like they do their illegal drugs, or upgrade to a larger bag. No word on the strategy in the works to deal with large scale traffickers. The only losers here will be the merchants who sell small bags, who are essentially being treated as illicit dealers themselves.
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.

Navarro referred to the plastic bags as "Marketing 101 for the drug dealers." Many of them have symbols, allowing drug users to ask for "Superman" or "Blue Dolphin" instead of the drug itself, he said.

Prior to the final vote, Ald. Walter Burnett (27th) expressed concern about arresting innocent people. He noted that extra buttons that come with suits, shirts and blouses -- and jewelry that's been repaired -- come in similar plastic bags.

Burnett was reassured by language that states "one reasonably should know that such items will be or are being used" to package, transfer, deliver or store a controlled substance. Violators would be punished by a $1,500 fine.
Cross-posted at Dust my Broom


NIAC said...

I am sure it will have the same success as banning sales of spraypaint to minors in London. :)

marginalizedactiondinosaur said...

Niac I have to wonder if that did better than when we banned it in winnipeg.

I think the real problem is the left would rather go after law abiding citizens than criminals. Because criminals are victims of society unlike victims.

NIAC said...

LOL, Dino, that was one of the funniest things I've read!

I think I should start a new, provincially funded cause: The Victims' Victims Advocacy Centre.