- - Monday, February 27, 2012

COLORADO

Voters to decide on recreational pot plan

DENVER — A plan that would legalize marijuana for recreational use will be on Colorado ballots this fall.

Voters will be asked whether adults older than 21 should be allowed to use pot even without a doctor’s recommendation, making Colorado the second state in the nation, after Washington state, to put such a proposal on ballots this year.

The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office said Monday that the legalization initiative cleared the needed 86,000-signature threshold to be put to a statewide vote.

Legalization supporters in Colorado were given additional time to collect signatures because too many were recently deemed invalid. The initiative was given a second, smaller window to produce additional signatures.

Colorado voters rejected a recreational legalization measure in 2006. California voters rejected a similar plan in 2010.

NEW JERSEY

Man pleads not guilty to running over lover

HACKENSACK — A New Jersey man accused of running over his estranged girlfriend several times has pleaded not guilty to murder.

Charles Ann entered the plea Monday during a brief court appearance, where he was represented by a public defender. He remains jailed on $3 million bail.

Mr. Ann is charged in the Feb. 20 death of 25-year-old Aena Hong, who was killed on a Fort Lee street.

Witnesses say the couple had been arguing before Mr. Ann drove away. Witnesses say he then turned around and rapidly accelerated before running over Hong as she was crossing an intersection. Investigators say he then put the car in reverse and ran over her body three times.

Prosecutors say Mr. Ann abandoned the car and fled to New York City, where he was arrested the next day.

NEW JERSEY

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