September 29th, 2016
A journalist who quit on air in support of medical marijuana with her now viral “fuck it, I quit” moment, is now facing up to 24 years in prison for her work.
During the famous segment, which aired in September of 2014, Charlo Greene outed herself as the head of the Alaska Cannabis Club. It was during the lead-up to a ballot measure that legalized recreational marijuana in November of that year. In an interview with the Guardian, Greene said that she was passionate about legalization on behalf of patients and that cannabis was something that could “literally be changing these people’s lives.”
Legalization did not stop police from going undercover and then raiding her club, however. She is now being charged with “misconduct involving a controlled substance.” Although pot is now legal in Alaska, there is no system to license distribution. Greene’s Cannabis Club would sell “memberships” and collect “donations.”
Police apparently put in five months of undercover work to bust the club and did not catch Greene herself in a single transaction. But the charges are being brought against her because the club is registered in her name.
Charlo Greene has described the charges as a “modern day lynching.”