New Jersey on Monday could finally move just one step away from legalizing marijuana.

Or we may end up with months more of waiting.

After a year and a half of debate and delays, both houses of the state Legislature are scheduled to vote on an historic but controversial bill that would legalize, tax, and regulate recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older in the Garden State.

If the legislation passes at the Statehouse in Trenton, Gov. Phil Murphy — who promised legal pot during his election campaign — needs only to sign it into law for New Jersey to become the 11th U.S. state to legalize weed. It would be just the second state to do so legislatively, rather than through a public voter referendum.

Also at stake are two bills that have been tied to this measure: one that would expand the state’s oft-criticized medial marijuana program and another that would expunge…

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