Article by Hayley Fox, LA Weekly
Charlo Greene’s whole life changed after she coolly uttered just four simple words: “Fuck it, I quit.”
A former on-air TV reporter at KTVA Alaska, Greene, announced her departure from the station during a live broadcast in September 2014. Greene, who was also quietly operating the Alaska Cannabis Club at the time, made the decision to leave journalism to focus full-time on marijuana advocacy. Although Alaska had legalized weed for medical use in 1998, nearly two decades later there was still no system in place to make it accessible for the patients who needed it most.
“We voted, and we sat around and waited for the government to come through,” said Greene, whose legal name is Charlene Egbe.
So in 2014, when Alaska was gearing up to vote on its own proposition to legalize recreational weed and the latest poll numbers showed that support for the effort was sagging dramatically, Greene made a choice.
“Someone needed to do something,” she said.
Greene’s on-air resignation went viral and Alaska did vote to legalize weed that November. In the two years that followed, Greene focused on her cannabis club and worked with the Minority Cannabis Industry Association to educate people of color about the opportunities of marijuana reform. In December 2016, Greene moved to Los Angeles and in January of this year, began broadcasting “The Weed Show,” five days a week, from a studio south of downtown.
“Contrary to popular belief I actually loved my career. I was literally living my dream career,” she said. “Now, I have the opportunity to get back to what I love doing.”