TV Reporter Quits On-Air in Support of Legalizing Pot

Last updated on November 4th, 2019

People who support the legalization of marijuana are nothing if not passionate. But Charlo Greene, a reporter for Alaska’s KTVA, took that support to a whole new level on Sunday. During a live news broadcast, Greene shocked everyone when she announced that she was quitting her job. And she didn’t stop there; the seasoned reporter went on to say that, instead of reporting the news, her time would be spent making sure that all Alaskans have access to small amounts of legalized recreational marijuana.

A Career Up in Smoke

The on-air fiasco ensued after KTVA Anchorage aired a segment that featured the Alaska Cannabis Club, a local medical marijuana business. As she was wrapping up the report, Greene blew everyone’s mind by admitting that she was, in fact, the sole owner of Alaska Cannabis Club. She went on to profess her dedication to the cause, dropping an F-bomb in the process.

“Everything you’ve heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all of my energy toward fighting for freedom and fairness, which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska,” Greene told viewers during the live segment.

“And as for this job, well, not that I have a choice but, f**k it, I quit.”

With that, Greene walked off set and never looked back. The camera cut to a clearly stunned news anchor who somehow managed to pull it together well enough to say: “We’ll be, uh, we’ll be right back.”

Related: The Changing Face of the Cannabis Consumer

Free Publicity for Ballot Measure 2?

Greene and fellow pro-pot Alaskans are gearing up for the November 4th elections, where citizens will have an opportunity to cast their votes on Ballot Measure 2. If passed, the initiative would legalize, tax, and regulate the recreational use of marijuana for adults ages 21 and up. Though recent polls indicate Alaskans are equally divided on the issue, Greene’s on-air stunt may not help the cause.

Marijuana Votes Around the Country

Alaska isn’t the only state voting on the legalization of weed in November. Oregon and the District of Columbia will hold their own elections in the same month. Here’s a look at what they’re voting on:

  • Oregon: Despite a failed attempt to legalize pot in 2012, Measure 91 is on the state’s November ballot. Proponents say the new bill is stronger and incorporates practical restrictions that the 2012 initiative did not have.
  • Washington DC: In November, DC residents will vote on Measure 71. Unlike most initiatives, DC’s is not a regulating-and-taxing law. It would simply allow adults over the age of 21 to possess up to two ounces of pot and six plants.

Related: Will Marijuana Prohibition Save the World?

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