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    How to fight war on drugs...

    ...ban small plastic bags. Chicago city council thinks so.

    CHICAGO (STNG) ― 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. The bags are used by the thousands 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.

    Health Committee Chairman Ed Smith (28th) said the ban is part of a desperate effort to stop what he called "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.


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    Re: How to fight war on drugs...

    I'd never want to fight a war on drugs.

    It's hard enough going to school on drugs.



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    Re: How to fight war on drugs...

    All the Alderman is going to accomplish is increase the litter volume in his parks with larger bags....

    Stop the baggies - you stop the drugs.....


    Last edited by DaddyMac; 03-07-2008 at 10:56 AM.

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    Re: How to fight war on drugs...

    That is pretty much politics in Illinois. Just ban everything and the problems with take care of themselves. Guns, executions, now baggies...



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    Re: How to fight war on drugs...

    What a joke.


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    Re: How to fight war on drugs...

    What a great idea. I am sure nobody will come out with another means of hiding small quantities of whatever.

    I think the only effect this would have is to create a black market for small plastic bags.



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    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    All the Alderman is going to accomplish is increase the litter volume in his parks with larger bags....

    Stop the baggies - you stop the drugs.....
    Thats most of what is used now. They just use the corner of a large bag.



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    Re: How to fight war on drugs...

    But can I still get my Foie gras in Chicago?


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    Re: How to fight war on drugs...

    Quote Originally Posted by tim_redd View Post
    I'd never want to fight a war on drugs.

    It's hard enough going to school on drugs.


    I tried to give you rep, but I gotsta spread some around



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    Re: How to fight war on drugs...

    Wow, first Foie Gras and now this genius move. It's a wonder Chicago has any problems at all.



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    Re: How to fight war on drugs...

    Just another reason why I want to move out of the city despite growing up here.



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    Re: How to fight war on drugs...

    What about the cellophane wrappers that come on cigarette boxes? Think they will ban those too?


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    Re: How to fight war on drugs...

    Quote Originally Posted by cys_av8r View Post
    That is pretty much politics in Illinois. Just ban everything and the problems with take care of themselves. Guns, executions, now baggies...
    don't forget smoking in-doors!



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    Re: How to fight war on drugs...

    Apperently he's never watched Pulp Fiction...

    Baggies were only used as a back up when the guy was out of balloons...

    Condoms aren't far behind that. What are they going to do, ban balloons and condoms?


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    Lucky IC is not Chicago.


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