Deseret News
Letter to the editor

As of March 2019, President Trump wishes to build a wall to keep out illegal immigrants, attributing their immigration to high crime rates.

As of February 2019, the U.S. government has risen above 22 trillion dollars in debt. According to the most recent National Census Bureau report, 12.3 percent of the U.S. was in poverty. Debt, crime and poverty can be effectively fought if the U.S. legalized and regulated drugs as some states have already done for marijuana.

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If the U.S. legalized drugs, almost all drug-related crime would cease since these drugs can be bought legally and the drugs being purchased would be closely monitored so that they are safer and purer strains for the consumer. Along with this lack of crime, all the manufacturing, distributing, selling and taxing of these drugs would create revenue for the country to use to slowly escape debt.

These new processes that the government would need to keep the drugs safely regulated would also introduce a need for manpower. The legalization of drugs would create a new variety of jobs nationwide that are legitimate government jobs allowing those unemployed or impoverished to have access to better paying jobs.

Ava Shepherd