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.
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.
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?
Yeah. We didn’t think so either.