'F*ck It, I Quit': TV Reporter Walks off Set After Announcing She's Devoted to Legalizing Marijuana
An Alaska-based reporter ditched her job during a live broadcast last night to devote her time to the legalization of marijuana in the state.
Charlo Greene, a reporter with KTVA 11 News, revealed during the station's 10pm newscast that she is the owner of the medical marijuana business Alaska Cannabis Club and that she would be devoting all of her energy to the venture.
“Now everything you've heard is why 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 here in Alaska," Greene said. "And as for this job, well, not that I have a choice but, fuck it, I quit.”
Then she walked off the set.
Hours later, Bert Rudman, news director of KTVA, posted this message to the station's Facebook page:
We sincerely apologize for the inappropriate language used by a KTVA reporter during her live presentation on the air Sept. 21. The employee is terminated.
When the Alaska Dispatch News reached Greene for comment, she said the station had no idea she was the owner of the club, nor that she would quit in such a dramatic fashion. While Greene knew the way she left her job was drastic, she believed it was necessary.
"I wanted to draw attention to this issue. 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 said.
Here is more background on Greene's club, per Alaska Dispatch News:
Started in April, the Alaska Cannabis Club connects medical marijuana cardholders with other cardholders who are growing cannabis. Growers are offered "donations" as reimbursement for the costs of growing marijuana, the club said in an interview with Alaska Dispatch News in August. The club said it hopes to increase access to medical marijuana patients, despite operating in a legal gray area within Alaska's murky medical marijuana laws.
Residents of Alaska will decide on Nov. 4 whether to legalize recreational use of marijuana. The state would follow in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington if voters approve Measure 2, which is modeled on Colorado's Amendment 64.
Medical marijuana is already legal in the state.
If you want to see Greene's broadcast, check it out below.