Marijuana Made Charlo Greene Famous, Now She Faces 54 Years in Prison
Charlo Greene, former reporter for an Anchorage KTVA station, made headlines first for declaring on LIVE television that she was quitting her job to become a full-time marijuana advocate.
Greene said “f**k it, I quit” during her final broadcast, much to the chagrin of her colleagues and management at the station.
Now Greene is back in the news for committing a crime .
According to court documents, Greene’s Alaska Cannabis Club was raided twice after six undercover police officers were able to purchase marijuana from the establishment.
Greene’s attorney maintains that his client is the only person being prosecuted while several other club members were involved in the illegal sales; however Greene’s counsel has recently dropped her as a client in favor of working with the state of Alaska as a prosecutor.
The marijuana advocate is “not very hopeful” about facing fifty-four years in prison. Greene said: “None of this makes sense. The fact that the state has already spent so much time and money [on me] just doesn’t make sense.”
One of the most confusing aspects of this case is that Alaska legalized marijuana for medicinal and recreational use two years ago.
For over forty years Alaskans have enjoyed legal at-home use of marijuana, but in 1998 the state neglected to include dispensaries in provisions regarding access to the plant.
Greene’s club circumvented Alaska’s restrictions for paying members who made donations to the organization in exchange for pot. Members signed an agreement acknowledging that “any voluntary contributions made for cannabis [they] may acquire from the Alaska Cannabis Club are used to ensure its continued operation and that any cash transaction, membership credit or exchange for cannabis in no way constitutes commercial promotion of illegal marijuana or illegal distribution. The monies [they] may donate, membership credits [they] may earn or apply, or work that [they] do in the production of the cannabis are provided to help the Alaska Cannabis Club continue its operations.”
In addition, the Alaska Cannabis Club signatory agreed to “implement my own policies at home, the office, the car and wherever I am or travel to within Alaska that will ensure that my cannabis does not get onto the illegal market, nor will it get into the hands of minors.”
Greene’s defense stems from “the state… now using the laws pre-legalization to prosecute and persecute” the former news anchor.
After quitting at the news station, Greene set up an IndieGogo campaign to debunk marijuana myths in an effort to destigmatize the public.
In response, the Alaska Public Offices Commission subpoenaed Greene in an investigation into whether or not she “violated campaign finance laws”. This incident lasted for several months as the states’ lawyers began “chipping away at the idea of [Greene] in public.”
— Charlo Greene (@IamCharloGreene) September 28, 2016