Alaska Weed Activist Who Quit TV Job Got Her Dispensary Raided by Police

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It seems that Charlo Greene—also known as Charlene Egbe, the Alaska TV reporter who quit her job on the air in September to protest the state’s ban on recreational marijuana—has become a target for local police. According to the Associated Press, Anchorage police served Greene a search warrant on Friday and ransacked her cannabis club to see if she was selling marijuana illegally.

During a de facto press tour to denounce the search, Greene told KTVA that her club is a dispensary for card-holding marijuana consumers who are cleared to use the herb for medical reasons. “We don’t sell any recreational marijuana. We don’t sell any medical marijuana,” Greene said. “This is a place for cardholders to come and share their own cannabis,” she continued.


Greene described all of the stuff the police found and took during their search. “I saw them uproot a couple of marijuana plants. They took some bongs and pipes and phones and computers, and that’s pretty much it.”

Greene said that she had the dispensary up and running the very next day, vowing not to let the police’s “scare tactic” disrupt the mission of her club. “By opening back up bright and early, less than 24 hours after the local police department’s failed scare tactic, we, at the Alaska Cannabis Club, have made it clear that the will of the people is stronger than any force they have—and we aren’t going anywhere,” Greene wrote in an email to AP.


Greene argued that the police should have been focusing their efforts on shootings and a stabbing that recently occurred in the neighborhood instead of trying to discredit her marijuana dispensary.

According to AP, it is no longer illegal in Alaska to use marijuana recreationally, but it is still illegal to sell it.


Read more at the Associated Press and KTVA.

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