Residents of the state of Colorado are realizing that legalizing marijuana is opening a whole new can of worms when it comes to public safety. Just last November, the state voted to make the drug legal for consumption.
Mental illness affects one in four adults, and drug and alcohol addiction affect one in eleven Americans. Treatment for mental illness and addiction has been under-funded for years, but legislators are trying to remedy this.
In an effort to help provide health insurance for all, the alcohol industry may be seeing a hike in taxes. Senators are currently focusing on ways to pay for expanding health insurance for an estimated 50 million uninsured Americans, which could amount to $1.5 trillion over a ten-year period. Lawmakers are considering many ways to cut expenses and increase taxes to help pay for the expansion, and an alcohol tax is one of the proposals.