New Jersey on Monday took another big step toward legalizing recreational marijuana, as two state legislative committees approved a new weed bill, setting up historic votes in the full state Legislature next week.
The committees took hours to vote after lawmakers wrangled over last-minute changes to the measure behind closed doors at the Statehouse in Trenton.
The state Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the bill with a vote of 6-4, with one abstention, just after 8 p.m. The state Assembly Appropriations Committee approved it in a 6-2 vote, with two abstentions, about an hour earlier.
Lawmakers also approved a separate expungement bill and a medical marijuana expansion bill.