Alaska TV reporter curses, quits on air
over marijuana issue
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[September 23, 2014]
By Daniel Wallis
(Note: Strong language in paragraph four)
Reuters) - An Alaska television reporter
wrapped up a live segment on medical marijuana with a curse and an "I
quit," telling viewers she will work instead to legalize pot in the
Charlo Greene revealed she was in fact the owner of the "cannabis
club" featured in her story on Anchorage's KTVA 10 p.m. broadcast
"I ... will be dedicating all of my energy toward fighting for
freedom and fairness, which begins with legalizing marijuana here in
Alaska," the reporter said.
"And as for this job, well, not that I have a choice but, fuck it, I
quit," she added, before shrugging her shoulders and walking
A stunned colleague apologized immediately to viewers. KTVA news
director Bert Rudman said in a statement later the station regretted
the use of inappropriate language.
"The employee has been terminated," Rudman said on the channel's
Facebook page, prompting several readers to note Greene had already
Alaskan voters are due to consider an initiative to legalize
marijuana at a ballot in the fall, as are voters in Oregon and the
District of Columbia.
Colorado and Washington state voted in 2012 to become the first U.S.
states to permit recreational sales of the drug to adults.
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Greene said she decided to speak out in such a dramatic fashion to
counter called "fear-mongering" by opponents who tried to equate pot
regulation with legalizing methamphetamine or crack cocaine.
"If responsible adults should be allowed to choose how they like to
drink, why differentiate my toke from your beer?" Greene asked in a
separate video statement.
(Reporting by Daniel Wallis in Denver; Editing by Doina Chiacu)
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