Charlo Greene made headlines in 2014 when the then 26-year-old out of his memorable concert reporting in the air while announcing its intention to promote the legalization of marijuana in Alaska TV: She said, ” F —, I quit, “before walking out of sight.
However, as reported by The Guardian, subsequent outside the screen difficult situation has been largely ignored, despite facing more than half a century in prison.
This is because Greene, whose legal name is Charlene Egbe, is not only a lawyer of cannabis, but the owner of the Cannabis Club Alaska, which was created on April 20, 2014, a total of six months before Alaska voted to legalize the use of cannabis adults. In other words, she was receiving “donations” of marijuana through “membership” in the club before it was legal to do so.
Police raided the club twice and detectives made several undercover purchases, and though Greene wasn’t directly involved in them, state prosecutors are charging her because the club is registered under her name. She’s pleaded not guilty to charges of “misconduct involving a controlled substance,” and the original indictment listed eight offenses that amounted to a possible 24 years in jail.
According to court records, Greene wasn’t involved in the undercover transactions, but was only charged because the business was registered under her name. Her business and two others are facing the penalties because they started operations before regulations were in place, according to the paper.
“These people got ahead and said, ‘We’re not going to wait,’” Cynthia Franklin, director of the state’s alcohol and marijuana control office, told the Guardian.
The small amount of supporters behind Greene believes that she should’ve only received a fine or citation.
“This is a substance that we’ve decided can be safely consumed by adults,” Tamar Todd, director of the office of legal affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance, said.
Greene, a former reporter for Alaska’s KTVA, made waves in September 2014 after doing a report on the Alaska Cannabis Club. She revealed that she was the owner and quit the station using an expletive on air.
The Guardian broke the news to Greene that six offenses have since been added, raising the total to 54 years. In the Weed Blog, Greene calls this a “modern-day lynching,” and tells High Times that she hopes the cannabis community rallies behind her. “I need help more than ever,” she says. “Now that I could lose the rest of my life because of cannabis, it feels like the people I fought for have abandoned me.” (Alaskans can’t smoke weed in public.)