Patrick Leahy, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, announced that he will hold a meeting to examine “conflicts between state and federal marijuana laws.” Chairman Leahy has invited US Attorney General Eric Holder and Deputy Attorney General James Cole to testify.
Leahy explained, “It is important, especially at a time f 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. I believe that these state laws should be respected. At minimum, there should be guidance about enforcement from the federal government.”
The meeting will be held on September 10th. This is 10 months after recreational marijuana was legalized in both Washington and Colorado. However, both states still have not received a clear response as to whether the federal government will allow them to move forward with their programs.
At this point, officials in Colorado and Washington state are proceeding as if they have a federal go-ahead. Both states have drawn up regulations for recreational marijuana, despite concerns over conflicts with federal laws that forbid, for example, banks from accepting money from drug operations.