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This Study Proves That Smoking Weed Is Totally A White Privilege

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A recent study by the Colorado Department of Public Safety confirms something we’ve long believed: smoking weed — or pot, marijuana, ganja, whatever you want to call it — without getting in trouble is definitely a white privilege. It makes a lot of sense, TBH. After all, people of color have always been disproportionately incarcerated and harassed for drug possession when compared to white peers.

As of Jan. 1, 2014, the recreational use of pot has been legal in Colorado.

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The bill that legalized recreational weed was passed in 2012 and since then, Colorado has chosen not to pursue marijuana charges and arrests with the same urgency.

By law, you are allowed to possess up to one ounce of pot. (As long as you are 21.)

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The general idea here is that police would spend less time going around enforcing marijuana laws in the state. However, only one race has seen any kind of leniency when it comes to marijuana-related arrests. Can you guess what race that is?

According to the Colorado Department of Public Safety, marijuana arrests have gone UP for Latino and black youths. They’ve gone down for white kids.

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Basically, only one of the guys above would be getting arrested by the police if they are both under 21. Dafuq?

Here’s what the study says about arrests among Colorado youths.

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Since 2012, pot arrests for white kids have gone down by 8 percent. For black kids, arrests have gone up by 58 percent, and Latinos have seen a 29 percent jump. The study also found that white kids are smoking more pot than their counterparts, which suggests that cops are being very lenient with them. What gives, Colorado?

But, it’s OK because the overall arrest rate has dropped by almost 50 percent, right?

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Yeah. We didn’t think so either.

READ: President Peña Nieto Delivers Good News For Mexico… For Once

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Latino-Themed Cap Designs For Your Graduation Inspo

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Latino-Themed Cap Designs For Your Graduation Inspo

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Because we make everything fabulous, even graduation caps.

Some are displaying the quote that motivated them the most through those tough years.

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Sí se pudo.

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Give some love to la raza on your special day.

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The more of us that graduate and go into the workforce, the more diversity we bring into our fields. Bringing our diverse backgrounds and stories into the workforce will only make it better and easier for other Latinos after us to follow in our footsteps.

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 Graduation caps are a way to let everyone know you’re a Latina doing incredible things.

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What’s better than a young Latina chasing her dream? A young educated Latina breaking down walls! Get it, mija!

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If you can’t find the words, let Selena say it for you.

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Not only is this phrase super iconic, it is probably going to be recognized by so many people. Selena has had a stellar couple of years and, clearly, so have you.

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Others are dedicating their graduation to the people who gave them this opportunity.

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Because you couldn’t have done it alone.

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Give your parents the ultimate shoutout for their sacrifices.

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Maybe your parents were born in the U.S. and you don’t have the same story. That’s fine. Everyone’s parents did some kind of sacrificing to get their children to the stage. Good thing is that your madre always reminded you of what she gave up for you so it should be easy to figure out what to put on your cap.

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 Specifically mami, who was very influential in most people’s collegiate success.

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Nothing got your ass to do your homework like her chancla.

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You can be as sappy as you want.

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Nothing like a sweet, sweet poem to make your parents proud of your hard work and their sacrifices. After all, they are going to make sure that you remember how much work they put in to making sure you graduated.

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This is how you have the final word.

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Case closed.

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One word: Frida.

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Because these are words of wisdom.

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Here’s one way to let the haters know you f*cking did it.

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It’s basically the Latino version of saying you slayed it.

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Get as minimalistic with it as you want.

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No need to get too crazy with things. Just a few well thought out words and some simple drawings should be enough. There is no need to get too crazy.

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Keep it short, sweet and con un poquito de español.

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Because every U.S. college could benefit from an increased Latino presence. ??

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Others credit art for encouraging them to keep going.

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Whether it’s Hamilton, Selena, Teresa or Paulina Rubio, they deserve to know they kept you pushing.

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READ: 7 Quinceañeras Who Didn’t Settle For Basic Themes

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