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Latinos Pushed Out of One of San Francisco’s Coolest Neighborhoods

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San Francisco’s Mission District, known for its vibrant Latino culture might soon be a thing of the past.  A new study shows that the Latino population is increasingly being squeezed out of the neighborhood by steadily growing housing prices.

So, what exactly does that mean? Well, looks like the Mission District will experience a sharp decline in its Latino population over the next ten years.

READ: 13 People and Places Keeping San Francisco’s Latino Roots Alive

Wondering how it all came about? Let’s just say that the booming tech industry has plenty to do with. As it turns out, the skyrocketing rent costs have been attributed to the Silicon Valley’s rapid growth in the tech sector, according to Mashable. The boom has ushered in a new class of wealthy workers.

But, not all is lost. Looks like city representatives are looking to address the gentrification problem, and they’ll need a solution sooner rather than later. If an agreement isn’t reached between the city and the big developers, the Mission’s culturally rich and diverse population could be wiped out.

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Mexico Uses the US as an Example in Trying to Legalize Weed

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Mexico Uses the US as an Example in Trying to Legalize Weed

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Across the United States, the use of marijuana has been legalized in 24 states — mostly for medicinal purposes — but there are some states that have approved it for recreational use. From those states, there are two key factors that many are taking note of, including Mexican legislator Fernando Belaunzarán.

Belaunzarán wants Mexico, which outlawed the cultivation of marijuana in the 1940s, to do the same. That’s right, he’s been trying to convince them for years and now it’s finally getting a legitimate review in the courts. Despite the small progress, Belaunzarán has a few harsh words for the Mexican system.

READ: John Oliver Stands Up for the People of Mexico

“In Mexico the politicians are cowards, and, even now, they accepted the debate only … because they had no other choice with the legalizations in the United States,” said Belaunzarán to Fox News Latino. “We should have taken up [legalization] a while ago.”

Despite all the shortcomings, the fight for marijuana legalization in Mexico isn’t over. Looks like all they have to do is convince President Peña Nieto, the Secretary of Health, Mercedes Juan and reverse a few international treaties. No biggy, right?

To learn more on the legalization of marijuana in Mexico, click here.

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