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Ban the little baggie

Chicago

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,”

So I called Bobby up and asked him what was behind his desire to ban the little baggie.

“Well, I just got sick and tired of them,” Robert told me. “They’re too small.
“I go out and score some pot and they give it to me in this tiny little bag that hardly lasts me a couple of days. And forget about it if you have friends who want to share.”
I asked him why he thought this was so.
“It’s these dealers,” he said. “They want you to keep coming back, instead of giving you a decent supply. They’re always nickel and diming you. And they’re charging you top dollar for what should be a free sample.”
“Now, with this law, we’ll see some nice bags again — you know, the sandwich baggies. Enough to pack some good bongs.”
“We’re sending a message here to the dealers. If you can’t fit a bud in it, it isn’t a pot container.”

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