Senator Patrick Leahy, Senate Judiciary Chairman, is going to hold a hearing on September 10th covering state laws on marijuana. Apparently he's expecting a lot of people to show up, because he's reserved a very important, very big hearing room in the Hart Senate Office Building, one that is most often used for things like Supreme Court confirmation hearings or other events of the same magnitude.
Leahy invited Attorney General Eric Holder and his Deputy Attorney General to testify.
“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 in a statement. “I believe that these state laws should be respected. At a minimum, there should be guidance about enforcement from the federal government.”
Cool beans, dude... and it's about time.
So far President Obama hasn't "evolved" on this issue the way he did on marriage equality. Let's hope he finally comes around and realizes that alcohol has had a much more negative affect on users' health and behavior than weed has. And that prison sentences for recreational marijuana users is destructive to lives and ineffective in the scheme of things.