‘F--- it, I quit’ reporter gives out pot to celebrate first day of legal recreational use
A former news anchor — who left her job by saying, “F--- it, I quit,” on live TV — says her club is giving away cannabis to members and medical marijuana patients starting Tuesday.
The grand opening of pot advocate Charlo Greene’s Alaska Cannabis Club in Anchorage, Alaska, coincides with the first day of legal recreational marijuana use in The Last Frontier.
“This is the beginning of a new era here in Alaska. A time when I don’t have to be arrested because I choose to partake in a substance that everyone knows is safer than alcohol,” Greene told Yahoo News.
Greene sparked headlines when she resigned dramatically from local CBS affiliate KTVA in September 2014. Video of her resignation quickly went viral. She said she quit to focus on the Alaska Cannabis Club, which is the state’s first and only legal cannabis resource, according to its website.
“I’ve made a difference. All of the bulls--- I’ve been through, it’s worth it because of this right here,” she said.
On Nov. 4, 2014, Alaskans voted 53 percent to 47 percent to end marijuana prohibition and allow adults to use the plant in the privacy of their own homes.
Greene says a woman who suffers from epilepsy to the point where she was hooked on painkillers came to the club on Tuesday for some medical marijuana.
She told Greene that the previous laws forced her to stay away from her children in the emergency room for days at a time — now, cannabis is helping her, according to Greene.
“She started crying, I started crying,” Greene said. “For me, the purpose of my life is to serve. The fact that I know I’m doing it now… there are no words. It’s so fulfilling.”
The government is expected to regulate use of the plant in a way similar to how it regulates alcohol, but politicians and officials still need to hammer out some of the details regarding how the new system will look.
Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, says that many people throughout the nation are seeing that marijuana prohibition has failed, and he says the laws are finally catching up to reflect this.
“As of today, it is legal now to possess and grow [in Alaska], but the regulatory system will not be in place until some time next year,” he told Yahoo News. “An adult can give another adult up to an ounce, but they cannot sell it.”
Peter LoMonaco, co-founder of the Alaska Cannabis Club, confirmed for Yahoo News that the club is merely providing the drug — not buying or selling it.
Members of the Alaska Cannabis Club may consume marijuana freely at the group’s private clubhouse in downtown Anchorage, according to the organization’s website.