• The Scooby-Doo haul

Someone who reads my column this week might wish the police would pick on drug importers a little more menacing than Santa’s Helper. For the record, they do.

I tell the story of Michelle DiGiacomo, whose Direct Effect Charities connects thousands of Chicago’s neediest children with benefactors who provide them with Christmas presents and necessities such as socks and underwear. DiGiacomo suffers from an assortment of physical ailments that she believes would keep her in intolerable pain were it not for medical marijuana. But when a shipment of pot arrived from California last month it was closely followed by officers of the CPD’s Package Interdiction Team.