An Alaska television reporter revealed herself as the owner of a medical marijuana business and told viewers she was quitting her job to focus on the legalization of pot.
Charlo Greene reported on the Alaska Cannabis Club during KTVA-TV’s Sunday night broadcast but did not disclose her connection to the business until a live shot at the end of the packaged report.
Then she surprised viewers and her colleagues by quitting in dramatic fashion, reported the Alaska Dispatch News.
“Now 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 said. “And as for this job, well — not that I have a choice but, f*ck it, I quit.”
The she walked off camera as her stunned anchor apologized to viewers.
Greene said KTVA had no idea that she planned to quit or that she was connected to the Alaska Cannabis Club.
“I wanted to draw attention to this issue, and the issue is medical marijuana,” Greene said. “Ballot Measure 2 is a way to make medical marijuana real … most patients didn’t know the state didn’t set up the framework to get patients their medicine.”
“If I offended anyone, I apologize, but I’m not sorry for the choice that I made,” she said.
The Alaska Cannabis Club connects medical marijuana cardholders with others who are growing marijuana.
Alaska voters will decide Nov. 4 whether the state will join Colorado and Washington in legalizing recreational use of marijuana.
KTVA news director Bert Rudman apologized to viewers on the station’s Facebook page.
“We sincerely apologize for the inappropriate language used by a KTVA reporter during her live presentation on the air tonight,” he said. “The employee has been terminated.”
Update: Greene announced a fundraising campaign Monday to help promote the initiative to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Alaska.
Watch video of her resignation posted online by Alaska Dispatch News: