Charlo Greene, a reporter for KTVA news in Anchorage, Alaska, quit her job by saying the f-word on air, claiming she'll instead focus on legalization of marijuana in Alaska.
“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,” she said.
The station’s news director issued an apology to viewers on Facebook and Twitter, writing, “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.”
Greene's information was removed from the KTVA site almost immediately.
The fact that Charlene Egbe, which is Charlo's legal name, dropped the f-bomb on live TV is one thing, but that she admitted to being the owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club is a whole different issue in itself.
Greene has done a number of stories for KTVA about medical marijuana laws in the state and the fight to make it legal to grow, which seems like a conflict of interest. In some stories she even used the club as a source. At the end of August, she spoke anonymously with the Alaska Dispatch News “citing concern over potential repercussions from her employer.”
The Alaska Cannabis Club, the state’s “only medical marijuana resource,” claims it does not sell pot, but “the club does connect medical marijuana cardholders in need to medical marijuana cardholders with green.”
As of now, medical marijuana is legal in Alaska, but it is illegal to possess for commercial reasons.
In November, Alaskans will get the chance to vote on whether to end marijuana prohibition in the state.
Greene has asked supporters to donate on Indiegogo. She’s asking for $5,000 to help “inform Alaskan voters.”
With 16 days to go before the campaign closes, it has raised $335.