Thursday, March 06, 2008

Chicago bans small bags

This is the most asinine law I know. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, in order to win the fight in the war on drugs, Alderman Robert Fioretti, with the help of the Health Committee, passed a law banning "self-sealing plastic bags under two inches in either height or width." His reasoning is that those bags are used to sell small quantities of meth, heroin, cocaine, marijuana and other drugs in.

That's right, Chicago is prohibiting small plastic bags, under a "crackdown"!

With an I.Q. bigger than your shoe size, you can figure that drug dealers would sell the same drugs in a bigger bags.

Fioretti is not alone. According to Lt. Kevin Navarro, commanding officer of the Chicago Police Department's Narcotics and Gang Unit, he said the law would be an "important tool" to go after the rogues in the city, such as grocery store owners and other businesses who sell the evil bags (...but not drug-dealers or drug-users).

And Health Committee Chairman Ed Smith said the ban on the bags (but not the drugs) is a part to stop "the most destructive force" in Chicago.

"We need to use every measure that we possibly can to stop it because it is destroying our kids," the chairman said.

Violators would be punished by a $1,500 fine; it doesn't matter if the bag is used to carry something perfectly legal.

Now, I am not a drug-dealer, but I am a rock musician, and in my lifestyle, drugs are everywhere, especially marijuana. And speaking of marijuana, the bags which hold a quarter ounce of pot (the standard size for personal use) are larger than 2 inches by 2 inches.

But based on the fact that some people in government think this is a good idea, I think that the Chicago City Council committee (and all Chicago politicians) should be drug tested. No sober person could possibly think that this is going to curb an iota the war on drugs!

The government of Chicago have lost their minds!


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