KTVA Anchorage viewers got a bit of a surprise on Sunday night when reporter Charlo Greene quit her job at the station in the middle of a newscast. Greene made her announcement right after a story on a medical marijuana business – she also revealed that she is the owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club.
Greene ended her segment with this:
“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. And as for this job, well, not that I have a choice but, fuck it, I quit.”
Greene and her organization are fighting for the passage of Ballot Measure 2, which would legalize recreational weed in Alaska.
KTVA responded with a statement:
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.
News Director – KTVA 11 News
Just after quitting, Greene posted an Indiegogo page to raise $5,000 to go toward campaigning for legalized marijuana legislation. From the page:
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.
Help us to keep that from becoming a reality.