Chicago, the City of Broad Shoulders has become the City of Big Nannies.
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.
Because drug dealers are too stupid to figure out other ways to package their wares.
Via Jim Geraghty, who in an item of Sen. Barack Obama notes other Chicago urbanity:
[A] far-reaching smoking ban in all restaurants and bars, a ban on trans fats, a ban on foie gras, a ban on street performers, a ban on advertisements for The Nativity Story movie, a ban on the ownership of live chickens, a ban on “second hand smoke from wood-burning stoves and fireplaces” (okay, that one was Elk Grove), and a law that would effectively ban elephants.
That’ll stop those drug-dealing elephants.
Big Nannies? Or Ninnies? The City has high sales taxes, too.
UPDATE (3:15 p.m.): Buried the lede. Here it is, courtesy today’s Wall Street Journal:
Over the weekend, Chicago lifted itself to the top of a tax dishonor roll: The city’s cumulative sales-tax rate is now the steepest of any major metropolitan area in America, at 10.25%. That blows past the former valedictorian, Memphis (9.25%), as well as New Orleans (9%), Denver (8.6%), and even New York and Los Angeles. Congratulations.
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