A former Alaska television reporter who quit on air in 2014 when she was 26 could face over 50 years in jail for forming a cannabis club. When Charlo Greene quit her job as a reporter for KTVA on air in September 2014 to advocate for the legalization of marijuana, she became a viral sensation.
Now, Greene is facing 54 years in jail for allegedly operating a cannabis club, or illegal marijuana shop. NBC affiliate, NBC 11 Atlanta, reported that Greene’s real name is Charlene Egbe.
On Thursday, FOX News reported that the former Alaska television reporter is charged with 14 offenses. They include “misconduct involving a controlled substance,” for operating what she called “the Alaska Cannabis Club.” In 2015, Alaska legalized the sale, possession and manufacture of cannabis. However, Alaska did not issue the proper certifications to Greene in order for the club to operate a retail shop.
The way the Alaska Cannabis Club worked was that people could buy “memberships.” These memberships then enabled people to make donations and they received marijuana in exchange. Police officers in Alaska eventually charged Greene after they initiated “a series of raids on her club.”
In an interview with The Guardian, Greene called what was happening to her “almost dizzying.” She said, the situation could end up costing her the rest of her adult life.
Greene was not personally involved in the undercover transactions, when detectives bought cannabis, according to court records. She was charged because the Alaska Cannabis Club “was registered under her name.” Greene’s club and two others were charged and they are up against penalties because they started retail operations prior to regulations being in place.
According to NBC 11 Atlanta, Greene began operating the Alaska Cannabis Club on April 20, 2014, which was a full six months before Alaska even voted to legalize cannabis for adult use. She began receiving the so-called “donations” in exchange for cannabis before it was considered a legal practice.
Cynthia Franklin, director of the state’s alcohol and marijuana control office, said that Greene and the other two businesses jumped ahead of the state’s decision and decided they were not going to wait. Greene’s supporters feel that, at most, she should have been slapped with a citation or even a fine.
Charlo Greene quit her job as a reporter on Alaska’s KTVA on air in September 2014, after she did a report about the Alaska Cannabis Club. She proudly announced her ownership of the club and quit the station, cursing on air as she left. She added she would instead dedicate her energy in the direction of fighting for fairness and freedom, which would begin with the legalization of marijuana in the state of Alaska.
According to USA Today, Greene said it is her hope that the cannabis community will rally at her side. She went on to say that she felt as thought the people she had fought for had now abandoned her. For more CDA News, follow our tweets on Twitter and like us on Facebook.
By John Samuels
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