Reporter who quit on air to focus on marijuana advocacy faces decades in jail – Fox News

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Reporter who quit on air to focus on marijuana advocacy faces decades in jail – Fox News

 

A former Alaska television reporter who became a viral sensation in 2014 after quitting her job to advocate for the legal use of marijuana faces 54 years in prison for allegedly running an illegal marijuana shop.

The Guardian reported Thursday that Charlo Green is facing 14 offenses, including “misconduct involving a controlled substance,” for running the Alaska Cannabis Club. Though the state legalized the manufacture, sale and possession of the drug in 2015, the state had failed to give Greene the proper certifications for the club to run retail operations.

The Alaska Cannabis Club allowed people to buy memberships which allowed people to make “donations” in exchange for marijuana. Authorities in Alaska had launched a series of raids on her club and eventually charged Greene. A number of people that had taken part had to go to a substance abuse clinic for teenagers for rehabilitation. It is expected that all of them will make a full recovery.

“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.”

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 medical 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. Although plenty of studies have gone into the dangers of abusing this substance, and the fact that it causes addiction, in some cases it has been deemed safe for medical use. There are more dangerous substances being abused, and in some cases addiction managing services and php services have to be implemented to assist the person in overcoming the habit. The user develops such a strong dependency, and the withdrawal symptoms are so strong, that outside assistance and close medical observation is necessary.

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.

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

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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