Over the weekend, KTVA reporter Charlo Greene made an impressive exit from her broadcasting career by announcing on-air that she was, in fact, the proud owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club and that she planned to focus her future endeavors on reforming the marijuana laws in Alaska.
During Sunday evening’s live newscast, Greene delivered a report about the Alaska Cannabis Club without ever once giving away the all-important detail to the viewing audience that she was affiliated with the business. It was not until Greene gave her closing comments on the story that she revealed her connection with the business and then raised a proverbial middle finger to her media career.
“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,” she said. “And as for this job, well, not that I have a choice but, f— it, I quit.”
While the sudden outburst of the f-bomb followed by Greene’s immediate exit did not appear to be expected by KTVA executives, a Facebook post made by the Alaskan Cannabis Club urging followers to tune in to the broadcast indicates the scene may have been a finely-tuned publicity stunt at the television station’s expense.
In an interview with the Alaska Dispatch News, Greene confirmed with reporters that KTVA management had no idea that she had planned to quit or that she had any affiliation with the cannabis club. Yet, she admits it was necessary to leave her post as a news anchor abruptly in an effort to drive home the importance of medical cannabis in the state.
“I wanted to draw attention to this issue. And the issue is medical marijuana. 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,” said Greene. “If I offended anyone, I apologize, but I’m not sorry for the choice that I made.”
Ironically, station officials at KTVA were the ones left apologizing to viewers after Greene’s now infamous departure. In a statement posted to the station’s Facebook page, news director Bert Rudman stated, “We sincerely apologize for the inappropriate language used by a KTVA reporter during her live presentation on the air tonight. The employee has been terminated.”
Marijuana’s opposing forces also chimed in to chastise Greene for her less than desirable behavior. The anti-pot group “Big Marijuana. Big Mistake. Vote No on 2” posted on Twitter, “#KTVA reporter covering ballot measure 2 loses her mind, confesses to being an owner of the cannabis club and quits while on the air.”
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