'F*ck It, I Quit' Marijuana Advocate Faces Decades in Prison After Promoting Cannabis Club Two Months Prior to State's Legalization
In September 2014, KTVA reporter Charlo Greene quit her job on air after presenting a segment on the Alaska Cannabis Club and announcing herself as the club's owner.
"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 in her last segment, adding, "and as for this job, well, not that I have a choice but f*ck it, I quit."
Since her resignation, Greene's activism as a proponent of legalization has been the subject of intense scrutiny. Her Cannabis club was raided and she now faces criminal charges which could land her in prison for 50+ years.
Greene is black and the absurdity of the punishment points back to the government's history of disproportionately targeting people of color for minor marijuana offenses with tough-on-crime policies.
Alaska voted to legalize pot in November of 2014, just two months after Greene's story broke. But Cynthia Franklin, the director of the state's alcohol and marijuana control office insists that Greene's club (as well as two other businesses) should face serious consequences for launching early.
"Are you kidding me right now?" "Young Turks" host Ana Kasparian asked incredulously in a segment about the case. "No, this is the perfect example of what the country has done with mass incarceration and how they specifically target certain groups of people, minorities, black people, especially [like] this."
"This is insane," Kasparian continued. "Okay, so she broke some laws. You want to give her a citation, you want some community service, you want [her] to pay a fine. I get it. I get it; she got ahead of herself... but this is involving a substance that can't kill you; this is involving a substance that was eventually legalized in the state a month later or two months later."
Kasparian also pointed out that the same people who voted to legalize the drug will be paying to incarcerate this woman.
"This makes me so angry... It's a waste of resources for all the taxpayers in Alaska," Kasparian noted. "You're going to be paying for this... your tax money is going to this garbage instead of paying for the schools that your kids are going to, instead of paying for the infrastructure in your state or your city."