If you’ve not seen the video of TV reporter Charlo Greene quitting her job with KTVA — on air and with profanity — you’re missing out on one of the most high-profile public relations stunts in marijuana history.
Now Alaska pot activist Greene is out making waves with her first statement since quitting Sunday night.
“I’m Charlo Greene, the president and CEO of the Alaska Cannabis Club — Alaska’s only legal medical marijuana resource,” Greene wrote on an online fundraising campaign that has already raised $2,715 of its $5,000 goal. “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.”
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Greene also took to Twitter, where she said, “Smoking marijuana does NOT make me a gangster or a criminal.”
Smoking marijuana does NOT make me a gangster or a criminal. I am simply standing up for our rights as Americans! Thank you for all support!
— Charlo Greene (@Charlo_Greene) September 22, 2014
Greene’s Alaska Cannabis Club is all about “keeping the ball rolling” on nationwide marijuana legalization, she continued in her statement.
“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.”
According to its Facebook page, the Alaska Cannabis Club “is a medical marijuana collective organized to serve patients throughout Alaska. We provide safe access to a wide variety of medication, including dried herbs, medibles and soon, concentrates.”
And why do they do it? From their website: “Because the Alaska government is failing medical marijuana cardholders and forcing us to feed the black market. Not anymore. Not with introduction of the Alaska Cannabis Club.”