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.
A bold new stance from Chicago in the War On Freshness.
Actually, I’ve wondered about who retails these bags myself. They’re really small - about 1-2" on a side. This is not the small sandwich bag I in which I pack my kid’s lunches. These are tiny, tiny bags good for holding a couple screws. Or some crack.
There’s no point to the ban, obviously. Supply and demand will reveal some other means of holding crack cocaine for the retail market. But I used to walk to Columbia from my apartment on 125th and marvel at the enormous number of tiny, empty plastic bags carpeting the upper reaches of Riverside Park.
A friend of mine bought piles of them from the local party store (so maybe they’re for party favors?). He bought a lot of boardgames and was a total neatnik about everything being in a bag when it was put away. He was sure the cashiers there thought he was a drug dealer.