An Alaska TV reporter outed herself as the owner of a medical marijuana facility on which she was reporting, and announced that she was quitting her on-air job to focus on the legalization of cannabis.
Charlo Greene reported on the Alaska Cannabis Club during a Sunday night broadcast, and ended the segment by revealing that she is the owner during a live shot at the end of the report — and quitting her job in quite a memorable fashion!
“Now everything you’ve heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all of my energy toward fighting for freedom and fairness, which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska,” Greene said. “And as for this job, well — not that I have a choice but, f*ck it, I quit.”
Then she walked off camera, leaving her coworkers stunned and scrambling to apologize for her language.
Greene later said that KVTA had no idea she planned to quit, and that the station was unaware of her connection to the Alaska Cannabis Club. She explained that she quit in that manner “Because I wanted to draw attention to this issue. And the issue is medical marijuana. Ballot Measure 2 is a way to make medical marijuana real … most patients didn’t know the state didn’t set up the framework to get patients their medicine.”
“If I offended anyone, I apologize, but I’m not sorry for the choice that I made,” she said.
The station posted a statement on its Facebook page on Sunday night apologizing. News director Bert Rudman said, “We sincerely apologize for the inappropriate language used by a KTVA reporter during her live presentation on the air tonight. The employee has been terminated.”
The Alaska Cannabis Club, started in April, connects medical marijuana cardholders with other cardholders who grow the medicine. The club hopes to increase access to medical marijuana patients through forming these connections.
The Cannabis Club has started a fundraiser on Indiegogo in an effort to raise awareness of a ballot measure to regulate marijuana like alcohol. In the description, she explained her reasons for quitting further.
I’m Charlo Greene, the president and CEO of the Alaska Cannabis Club – Alaska’s only legal medical marijuana resource. I just quit my news reporting job on live TV to announce that I am redirecting all of my energy toward helping to end a failed drug policy that has ruined the lives of far too many Americans.
Ballot Measure 2, the initiative to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Alaska, isn’t just about marijuana in the Last Frontier, it’s about keeping the ball rolling on NATIONAL legalization. Imagine, if after Colorado and Washington have legalized recreational marijuana and are offering the rest of the world a positive outlook on what ending marijuana prohibition can do, Alaskan voters fail to continue moving our nation in the direction toward freedom and fairness. There’s no doubt that will impact every other state, national and international marijuana reform effort. Americans with common sense don’t want that.
Greene hopes to raise $5,000 to inform Alaskan voters about the measure in the face of “dirty campaign tricks and lies that prohibitionists have been using over the past several months to sway Alaskan voters.”
She explains that, unfortunately, the propaganda is working. “Polling shows the majority of Alaskans, who were in favor of the initiative at the start of the year, are now against it.”
Watch this epic on-air resignation, below.