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Charlo Greene, Stoner Reporter Who Quit on Air, Faces 54 Years

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Charlo Greene smokes at medical marijuana dispensary in  Alaska. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)
 

By    |   Monday, 03 Oct 2016 07:50 AM

Charlo Greene, the TV reporter in Alaska who quit on air over marijuana use, is facing as much as 54 years in prison for pot-related offenses, despite the state legalizing its recreational use in November 2014.

Greene's "F*** it, I quit" on-air resignation at KTVA in Anchorage became a viral sensation in September 2014, getting more than 13 million views on YouTube, after she revealed she was the owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club.

The club was the subject of the story she was doing and she said she was leaving the station for work full-time to get a measure legalizing the drug approved by voters, said The Guardian.

Despite the passage of the measure two months later, Greene became the target of undercover investigations by Alaska law enforcement, including raids of her club. The Alaska attorney general's office told The Guardian that Greene is facing 14 offenses that could lead to 54 years behind bars.

Greene, 28, told The Guardian she thought she was facing 24 years in prison on eight counts, calling the prosecution "my modern day lynching" on her blog.

"I just found out I'm facing an additional 6 felonies – 30 more years," Greene, whose legal name is Charlene Egbe, said on her blog, which is accompanied by a video that was posted Sept. 7. "That's 54 years in prison for a plant. (And) 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."

High Times magazine reported the Anchorage Police Department raided the Alaska Cannabis Club in February and March 2015. She charged the authorities acted "outside the scope of the warrant" in the raids by taking pictures, destroying cameras, and seizing vehicles.

"More than 100 million people around the world watched me quit," Greene said on her blog. "And of the now 4,000 members of the Alaska Cannabis Club we've served to date, there was literally only one person there to support me."

According to the Alaska Dispatch News, Greene also was investigated by the Alaska Public Offices Commission over whether she broke any campaign disclosure laws after leaving KTVA, but that case was dropped in June 2015.

Greene told the commission that a fundraising campaign she launched after leaving the television station was to benefit her business and not for advocating the Alaska's ballot initiative promoting the legalization of marijuana.

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