Charlo Greene, the Alaskan reporter who famously quit on live TV in September 2014 with a flippant “f–k it,” could face up to 54 years in prison for her campaign for marijuana legalization. Rewatch her bold moment in the video above.
“I just found out I’m facing an additional 6 felonies — 30 more years. That[’s] 54 years in prison for a plant,” Greene, now 28, wrote in a post to Facebook. “Aaaaaand the attorney I paid to handle my case, who’s been working it for the last year, just let me know she’s quitting to join the prosecution and not giving me back any of the money she was paid to finish my case. #ilovealaska.”
“It’s almost dizzying when you try to make sense of it,” Greene told UK’s The Guardian in late September. “It could literally cost me the rest of my adult life.” When reached by phone, the former reporter told The Guardian she was unaware that she was facing a sentence twice as harsh as the original indictment.
In September 2014, the Alaska native made headlines after she ended a live segment on marijuana by revealing that she was a proponent of legalization — and that she herself was the owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, the very organization she was reporting on.
“As for this job? F–k it, I quit,” she said before walking off camera. Greene faced charges for eight criminal offenses tied to her involvement with a controlled substance in 2015, which are related to her trading marijuana to clients for donations to her organization. Then, just last week, she was charged with six more counts.
In a recent interview with Cosmopolitan, Greene explained that “it’s written into the initiative language that the law takes effect 90 days after the vote is counted, so the legalization didn’t take effect until February 4 of 2015.”
“That’s when we opened up the Alaska Cannabis Club to adult users — because [we thought] it was legal now beyond just medical marijuana cardholders,” she said in an interview published on Wednesday, October 5. The club previously only dispensed cannabis to those with a medical marijuana card. “We were raided by a dozen armed officers in SWAT gear one week [after the law went into effect in February].”
As for facing up to 54 years versus 24 for her actions, Greene said, “It’s bleak. It’s depressing. When it was just, ha, just 24 years … I mean, there’s not a high likelihood you’re going to get all of it, but the fact that I’m in the position I am now and that I know the possibility for it to go for 54 years, 24 years seems reasonable by comparison. It’s bad.”
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