‘Fuck it, I quit’: How Alaska TV Reporter Went From Viral Marijuana Advocate to Facing 54 Years In Prison

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Remember Charlo Greene, a reporter for Alaska’s KTVA who quit her job as TV anchor live on air in 2014 to go fight for marijuana legalisation? Well, unfortunately the ex TV reporter is possibly facing 54 years in prison.

According to the Guardian, the charges stem from a series of undercover operations and raids at her club, ultimately charging her with eight serious criminal offenses of “misconduct involving a controlled substance”.


In 2014, Greene became an overnight viral sensation when a video of her quitting her job on live TV went viral.

Greene told viewers: “I – the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club – will be dedicating all of my energy for 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 … fuck it, I quit.”

Upon realizing she was facing criminal charges, Greene shared a letter on her website, Charlo’s Place expressing her feelings on the situation:

“I just found out I’m facing an additional 6 felonies – 30 more years. That 54 years in prison for a plant. Aaaaand 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.”

“Facing 24 years in prison over legal pot, this is a blog documenting my fight.”

“A friend asked me a really good question today:
“Where is everyone that you helped and said they supported you, now that you’re facing 24 years in prison for ‘F*ck it?’”

“We were arguing over whether or not I should’ve said it. My friend, who is black, told me it was a mistake. That white people hate when they see an educated, black woman take a stand for something. Just look at Leslie Jones. That maybe if I had just said, ‘I quit’ without the expletive, I wouldn’t be seen as just another “loud, black bitch”.

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“I told him I had no regrets. ‘F*ck it’ accomplished its goals of getting patients access to life saving medicine and eliminating the ability of law enforcement to destroy someone’s life over a plant in Alaska. I told him that it was worth sacrificing my journalism career (which, in spite of popular belief, I l LOVED) knowing that I’d inspired millions and hearing how much I’m helping the patients I serve.”

“Then he asked, “Where is everyone that you helped and said they supported you, now that you’re facing 24 years in prison for ‘F*ck it?’”

“They’re nowhere to be found.”

“See, I created the Alaska Cannabis Club on April 20, 2014. On November 4, 2014, Alaska legalized adult use of cannabis, which seemed unlikely at the time because public support of the initiative was only around 40%… until ‘Fuck it’ (September 22, 2014), which sparked a movement that managed to secure 53% of the vote in support of legalization over the next five weeks.”

“On February 24, 2015, Alaska’s new cannabis laws took effect, making it legal to exchange up to 1 ounce of cannabis between adults.
On March 20, 2015, the Anchorage Police Department sent in 12 armed police in swat gear to raid the Alaska Cannabis Club.”

“In August 2015, APD raided the Club again.”

“Each time, the officers acted outside the scope of the warrant, conducting unlawful body searches on patients, threatening all patients and Club volunteers with arrest if they didn’t consent to taking mugshot-like photos on the scene, destroying cameras, seizing vehicles not included in the warrant and not leaving the lawfully required notice behind.”

“What’s more, in order to secure the 10 felonies and four misdemeanors I’m now facing for creating the Alaska Cannabis Club, the prosecutor blatantly lied to the grand jury, telling them the Alaska Cannabis Club was a sole proprietorship so there was no corporate liability shield.”


Watch Greene’s YouTube video explaining why she quit her job:

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