You may remember Charlo Greene (born Charlene Egbe) as the reporter for KTVA in Anchorage, Alaska who quit on air to run a cannabis club.
“Fuck it, I quit,” Greene famously said following a news report on the Alaska Cannabis Club, a medical marijuana dispensary she co-owns. Greene’s on-air proclamation instantly went viral.
Unfortunately for Greene, she might wish she never drew so much attention to her business, because Anchorage police decided to raid it on Friday.
Despite the fact that Alaska became the third state to legalize recreational marijuana use in February, Alaskans still aren’t allowed to sell marijuana, and that’s what Anchorage police claim they thought Greene was doing. APD spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said they received reports “of the illegal sale of marijuana and other derivatives” at the clubhouse, and decided to execute a search warrant. Greene, however, claims they were grasping at straws.
“This is basically a medical marijuana dispensary,” Egbe said. “We don’t sell any recreational marijuana, we don’t sell any medical marijuana. This is a place for card holders to come and share their own cannabis.”
Oddly enough, Greene ended up speaking to reporters from her old job at KTVA as the cops were executing the warrant.
“Police came rushing in for a misdemeanor,” said Greene to KTVA. “When the police arrived, there were about six members inside that were all hauled out, threatened with arrest, and had some of their money and phones confiscated.”
The cops uprooted multiple plants and confiscated cell phones, computers, bongs, pipes, and two cars as part of their ongoing investigation. But Greene reiterated that she was not selling any marijuana, merely allowing medical marijuana users a place to share their weed. She reopened her business the next day, telling the Associated Press she did it to show, “the will of the people is stronger than any force they [police] have — and we aren’t going anywhere.”