Anchorage, AK- Former KTVA reporter Charlo Greene, whose real name is Charline Egbe, expounded her reasoning for leaving her career to fight for the legalization of cannabis. While she did not discuss the controversial manner in which she quit, she explained why she feels so strongly about the cause.
“There comes a time in each and every one of our lives when we must choose to continue to spectate or stand up for what’s right,” said Greene. “To question what they say is wrong, why they were given authority, and where their claims of danger and peril come from.”
“Why are Americans arrested every 37 seconds? Alaskans every 4.3 hours? Why should an aspiring someone lose their ability to earn a higher education, to become someone they were not meant to be? And why should you lose the ability to get public assistance in times of struggle and need?” Greene asked.
“Marijuana? They say it’s a myth that anyone is jailed for simple possession; regulating will force it on our children; if you’re allowed to smoke it in the privacy of your own home, society as we know it is all but ruined!” Greene continued, criticizing the arguments made against cannabis legalization. She went on to mock the idea that oils and concentrates are comparable to harder drugs.
Ben Swann recently traveled to Colorado to study reported medicinal benefits of cannabis-derived CBD oil and the recent public attention it is receiving. Despite promising research and success stories from children and adults suffering from debilitating conditions, the federal government continues its prohibition (even though the Department of Health and Human Services has a patent for cannabinoid usage for medicinal purposes).
“Nearly a century of marijuana prohibition and stigma have stained America, the land of the free and home of the brave,” Greene said. Shifting to promoting activism beyond marijuana, she said “But we have a chance to start taking back the right. Today, it’s marijuana prohibition, and once we get that done nationally we the people will realize that we are stronger than ever and you will feel empowered to take up what you choose to fight.”
Below is the video of Greene’s full segment reporting on the Alaskan Cannabis Club and Alaska’s Ballot 2 measure to legalize marijuana, followed by Greene’s now famous departure.