In 2014, Charlo Greene went viral live on air.
Greene, a reporter for KTVA, a station in Alaska, quit her job live on air, after doing a report about the marijuana industry. She stated that she was for the legalization of marijuana and she was the owner of the cannabis club she was reporting on.
After Greene quit her day job, she posted a video explaining her actions:
But now, 2 years later, Greene is facing a bigger obstacle: jail.
According to the Guardian, Greene’s marijuana clubs were constantly raided, even though Alaska was the 3rd state to legalize recreational marijuana in November 2014. Greene was charged with 18 criminal offenses of “misconduct involving a controlled substance,” which could land her in prison for 54 years.
“It’s almost dizzying when you try to make sense of it,” Greene, told the Guardian. “It could literally cost me the rest of my adult life.”
From the Guardian:
The 2014 measure – which legalized the manufacture, sale and possession of marijuana – went into effect in February 2015. The state, however, had not yet finalized its regulations for retail operations and in the interim, the Alaska Cannabis Club allowed people to purchase “memberships” – supplying marijuana when members made “donations”.
Detectives immediately targeted the operation, with six undercover purchases and two raids in a five-month period, records show.
“The fact that they were watching us for so long, I kind of felt violated,” said Jennifer Egbe, Greene’s 26-year-old sister, who helped out at the club. “I was really just heartbroken. I never assumed it would go this far.”
The raids, which brought armed officers to their property, were especially stressful for Greene, who was worried police might shoot one of her four siblings at the club.
Court records show that Greene was not directly involved in any of the undercover transactions, but state prosecutors solely charged her, noting that the club was registered under her name.
Greene’s supporters feel that she’s been unfairly targeted because of the attention received and because of her race. And even her critics think the charges are unfair and she should have been issued a fine or citation the same way places selling alcohol without a liquor license are fined.
“I saw all my siblings … with these guns that my tax dollars paid for pointed at them for what was now legal.”