Talk about ballsy. Sunday night, in Anchorage, live on camera, KTVA reporter Charlo Greene revealed she was the owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club (during a segment about the club) and said she's dedicating herself to legalizing marijuana in Alaska. "Fuck it, I quit," Greene declared and walked off the set.
She was promptly fired by news director Bert Rudman, who stated: "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."
Greene's full declaration of independence went like this during the 10 pm broadcast:
'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 her in Alaska. And as for this job, well, it's not that I have a choice, but fuck it, I quit.'
Why did she do it in such a sensational way? "Because I wanted to draw attention to this issue," Greene explains. "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 further defended her actions on the club's Indiegogo page: "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."
Greene's trying to raise $5,000 for travel costs and informational materials.