Attorney General Eric Holder will testify in the Senate next month on conflicts between state and federal marijuana laws.

Attorney General Eric Holder will 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.

Leahy is one of several lawmakers who have called on the Obama administration to clarify that state officials will not face federal criminal penalties for enforcing state laws, including the laws in 20 states that allow medicinal marijuana consumption.

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