The war on tiny baggies

Filed under: Alcohol & Drugs

I was making Ellie's lunch this morning when I realized I was out of sandwich baggies. So, I did what anyone would do under the circumstances: I used something else. I took a piece of wax paper and taped it into a homemade baggie. No biggie.

But Chicago Alderman Robert Fioretti think little baggies are a big deal and has moved to ban them in an effort to thwart drug dealers who use them to sell small quantities of drugs. He's not talking about the regular sandwich sized baggies, but those tiny "self-sealing plastic bags under two inches in either height or width."

Fioretti got this bright idea after finding an area park littered with them on a recent Sunday afternoon. He refers to these little bags as "Marketing 101 for the drug dealers" and points out that many of them have pictures on them, which come in handy when specifying your drug order. As in, I'll take a "Superman" and a "Blue Dolphin."

Another alderman, Walter Burnett, expressed concern about arresting innocent baggie users, pointing out that tiny plastic bags are sometimes used for something other than holding drugs - like for extra shirt buttons or jewelry that has been repaired. But the City Council Health Committee was satisfied that the language in the ban will prevent that from happening by ensuring that "one reasonably should know that such items will be or are being used" to package, transfer, deliver or store a controlled substance. Those found guilty of possession of a banned baggie would be punished by a $1,500 fine.

Health Committee Chairman Ed Smith is pleased with the ban and believes it will help stop "the most destructive force" in Chicago neighborhoods. "We need to use every measure that we possibly can to stop it because it is destroying our kids," he said.

Lt. Kevin Navarro, of the Chicago Police Department's Narcotics and Gang Unit, agrees that the baggie ban will be an "important tool" in cracking down on grocery stores, health food stores and other businesses who sell them.

What do you think? Will this baggie ban really help in the war on drugs? Or will it just result in drug dealers becoming a little more creative in their packaging?

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