Attorney General Eric HolderEric H. HolderUber donates M to supporting minorities in tech Overnight Tech: Senate moving to kill FCC's internet privacy rules | Bill Gates pushes for foreign aid | Verizon, AT&T pull Google ads | Q&A with IBM's VP for cyber threat intel Uber leadership sticking by CEO MORE has been invited to testify in the Senate next month on conflicts between state and federal marijuana laws.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Monday that he would hold a hearing on these conflicts on Sept. 10, in light of decisions by Colorado and Washington state to legalize marijuana for personal use.
"It is important, especially at a time of budget constraints, to determine whether it is the best use of federal resources to prosecute the personal or medicinal use of marijuana in states that have made such consumption legal," Leahy said Monday.
"I believe that these state laws should be respected," he said. "At a minimum, there should be guidance about enforcement from the federal government."
Earlier this year, several House Democrats proposed legislation that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level and regulate in through a new Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana and Firearms.
Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) proposed the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act, and Rep. Earl BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerOvernight Finance: Biz groups endorse Trump's Labor pick | New CBO score coming before health bill vote | Lawmakers push back on public broadcasting cuts Dem, GOP lawmakers push back against Trump’s cuts to public broadcasting Trump: Mar-a-Lago 'most convenient' place to hold VA meeting MORE (D-Ore.) proposed the Marijuana Tax Equity Act.