Former TV reporter Charlo Green rose to international attention in September when she left her job as a reporter for KTLA News 11 in Anchorage, Alaska while on the air. Greene began her segment by revealing that she is the owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, which has plans to become the first medical marijuana dispensary in the state. After indicating that she would not be allowed to remain at her current job for supporting this cause, Greene surprised audiences by continuing, “Not that I have any choice in this, but f–k it, I quit,” as she shrugged her shoulders and walked off the stage.
Although medical marijuana was previously passed in Alaska in 1998, no state-licensed dispensaries had been set up by 2014.[i] On 4/20 of the current year, Greene set out to change this by purchasing the Alaska Cannabis Club, Alaska’s only legal medical marijuana resource. The club website states that it “strives to operate a dispensary that is a model of compassion and legal integrity.”[ii]
When asked in interviews about her departure from KTLA, Greene has explained that she planned for it to bring attention to the cause she is now redirecting her focus to. She had not planned to use a curse word, however, although this feature has made her video very popular and widely-discussed on the Internet.[iii]
In addition to creating a resource for medical marijuana with her club, Greene also hopes to use her advocacy to support recreational legalization in Alaska, as well as legalization at the national level. The chance is coming soon, as citizens of Alaska will be able to vote for The Alaskan Marijuana Legalization, Ballot Measure 2 on November 4 as an initiated state statute. If it passes, individuals 21 and older will be able to own up to an ounce of marijuana (28 grams) and possess up to six plants, and in addition the sale, possession, and manufacturing of marijuana paraphernalia will become legal.[iv]
Since leaving the news, Greene has done fundraising and public speaking to fund the Alaskan Cannabis Club and raise public awareness about Ballot Measure 2. She has also been good-humored and open about her personal use of marijuana, in video interviews ranging from HuffPost Live to Snoop Dogg’s Double G News Network. On GGN Snoop Dogg also offered to help Greene’s cause by promising to play a concert in Alaska if voters pass legalization.[v] Greene has gained support from the famous cannabis magazine High Times, which presented her with the 2014 Courage and Media Award. Despite the sensationalized and surprising nature of her departure from the news, Charlo Greene now appears to have a secure future in marijuana activism.