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.Cross-posted at Dust my Broom