Admit it: You’ve dreamed of doing it all your working life. Charlo Greene just beat you to the punch.
Greene, formerly an on-air reporter for KTVA of Anchorage, Alaska, unexpectedly announced during a televised broadcast Sept. 22 that she owns a marijuana club, then said, and we quote, “Fuck it, I quit.”
“Everything you’ve heard is why I — the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club — will be dedicating all of my energy for fighting for freedom and fairness, which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska,” said Greene, whose real name is Charlene Egbe. “And as for this job, well, not that I have a choice but . . . Fuck it, I quit.”
The announcement came during a story about access to medical marijuana in Alaska. After quitting, Greene promptly walked off camera, leaving anchor Alexis Fernandez to stumble through the segueway like a deer in the headlights.
The station apologized on Facebook and Twitter for Greene’s use of the F-word.
“We sincerely apologize for the inappropriate language used by a KTVA reporter during her live presentation on the air tonight,” the station’s news director said. “The employee has been terminated.”
Of course, Greene has video proof she quit before she was fired, but it may not make much difference. She’ll almost certainly never work on-air again, and her club has apparently become her professional focus.
The Alaska Canabis Club is touted as the state’s “only medical marijuana resource. The group doesn’t sell weed, but “does connect medical marijuana cardholders in need to medical marijuana cardholders with green.”
Alaska legalized medical marijuana in 1998, one of the first states to do so. Now voters are considering whether to legalize recreational pot as well. That proposal will be on the ballot in November.
Weed is already decriminalized in the state, at least in practical terms. Alaska courts have rejected laws banning marijuana possession at home, though the state legislature has succeeded in weakening those decisions somewhat.
Greene’s ownership of the Alaska Cannabis Club could raise ethical questions about her past reporting. She has covered numerous stories related to medical marijuana, which is legal in Alaska, once even using the club as a source.
Greene was quoted in the Alaska Dispatch News as an anonymous source in August because she feared “potential repercussions from her employer,” the newspaper said.
After she left her job, she went online and asked supporters to give at Indiegogo so she can raise $5,000 to help “inform Alaska voters.”
“There comes a time in each and every one of our lives where we must choose to continue to spectate or stand up for what’s right,” she said in a YouTube video. “Why are Americans arrested every 37 seconds, Alaskans every 4.3 hours? Why should an aspiring someone lose their ability to earn a higher education, to become someone they were not meant to be? And why should you lose the ability to get public assistance in times of struggle and need? Advocating for freedom and fairness should be everyone’s duty.”