By JOHN CUSATOREAssociated PressA bill approved by Congress would legalize medical marijuana and restrict gun ownership in states that have legalized it.
A bill sponsored by Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) would prohibit federal law enforcement from seizing the guns of people who have been convicted of nonviolent drug crimes.
The bills, the result of weeks of negotiations, would set up a committee to draft and send to Congress, where they will be up for a vote by year’s end.
But while the legislation could provide relief to the nation’s most dangerous criminals, it would not be without risk to law-abiding citizens.
The legislation would require a license from the federal government to purchase and possess marijuana and would impose new restrictions on gun sales.
And it would make it illegal to possess marijuana in states where it is legal, including Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon.
Lawmakers have also tried to add a provision that would allow gun manufacturers to sell ammunition, but that was struck down in a U.N. vote last year.
It is unclear how the legislation would change current law, as lawmakers are still negotiating to come up with a compromise.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The measures come at a time of political polarization in Washington.
Democrats have pushed for gun control measures in the past.
And Republicans are pushing for gun restrictions in the face of rising violent crime in the U.K. and elsewhere.
Democrats and Republicans in Congress have also clashed on the issue of marijuana legalization.
Some Republicans have argued that the federal prohibition of marijuana is unconstitutional.
But they have also said the federal law should be enforced.
The House and Senate versions of the gun legislation passed the chamber in the wake of last year’s massacre in Las Vegas, where 58 people were killed and hundreds wounded by a lone gunman.
Gun control advocates have pushed to pass the bills in response to a spate of mass shootings and other crimes.
They argue that allowing people to own and use medical marijuana is a step in the right direction to help stop violent crime.