Alaska Reporter Fights To Legalize Weed, Resigns On Air
In the fight to legalize weed, one Alaska reporter has resigned on air to work full time on her true passion. KTVA reporter Charlo Greene used her last broadcast to tell the viewers, “F**k it, I quit.”
Unlike some states such as Colorado and Washington, others are still attempting to fight for the right to openly use medical marijuana. It is known to be one of the few herbal forms of pain relief used in the treatment of chronic conditions such as cancer. However, due to marijuana’s continued definition as an illegal drug according to federal law, the fight is far from over.
Charlo Greene is the owner of the activist group known as Alaska Cannabis Club, and it appears her duties were beginning to conflict with her status as a news reporter. In the video above, she blatantly stated her decision.
“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. And as for this job, well, not that I have a choice but, f**k it, I quit.”
The fight to legalize weed apparently conflicted with her job as, after the statement, Greene simply walked off camera. This followed her report on the organization she apparently owns, and she couldn’t maintain a neutral stance on the subject. It was revealed that the news station previously had no idea that she had any connection with the group.
It seems the small speech was being built up, as the Alaska Cannabis Club’s Facebook page had urged its followers to tune in Sunday night for the special broadcast.
[fb link=”https://www.facebook.com/1409363396015725/photos/a.1411401349145263.1073741829.1409363396015725/1482256548726409/?type=1″] Alaska Cannabis Club announces KTVA’s special report [/fb]
Later in the broadcast, KTVA news director Bert Rudman made a follow-up statement concerning Greene’s abrupt on-air announcement.
“We sincerely apologize for the inappropriate language used by a KTVA reporter during her live presentation on the air tonight. The employee has been terminated.”
Charlo Greene’s fight to legalize weed continued after the controversial broadcast as she apologized for her actions, but not for her reasons.
“Because 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.”
An anti-marijuana organization’s Twitter feed apparently didn’t see it that way, and posted the following statement about the broadcast.
#KTVA reporter covering ballot measure 2 loses her mind, confeses to being an owner of the cannabis club and quits while on the air.
— VoteNo#2AK (@VoteNo2AK) September 22, 2014
Do you agree with Greene’s decision to quit in order to continue to fight to legalize weed?
[image via Huffington Post]