Target: Chris Tolley, Anchorage Chief of Police
Goal: Drop criminal charges against cannabis activist and founder of the Alaska Cannabis Club.
Charlo Greene, an ex-reporter and cannabis legalization activist, could face 24 years in prison due to the illegal cannabis operations of her organization, Alaska Cannabis Club. Though Alaska legalized medicinal marijuana in 1998 and was the third state to legalize it for recreational use in 2014, officials never developed a system for licensing dispensaries, so people had few legal options. Greene was passionate about bringing this medication to those in need, though, so her club took in members who made donations in exchange for cannabis.
Greene became a media sensation when she quit her reporting job while she was on air doing a segment about cannabis and decided to sign off by promoting the Alaska Cannabis Club. The footage went viral due to profane language she used. Immediately after this incident, detectives began investigating her operation. In the course of just five months, they made six undercover purchases and performed two raids, which involved her family being held at gun point, fearing for their lives. Now, Greene is being charged with eight counts of misconduct with a controlled substance and could live the rest of her adult life in jail.
While Greene’s organization jumped the gun on legally selling cannabis, her crimes do not equate to a 24-year jail sentence. Though none of the six undercover purchases involved her, she is the sole person being charged in this case. Since cannabis is legal in Alaska, this mistake should be charged the same as operating without a liquor license, which would only include a fine. Sign this petition to tell the Anchorage Chief of Police to drop all criminal charges against Greene.
Dear Chief Tolley,
The decision by your department to charge Charlo Greene with eight criminal charges that could result in 24 years in prison is unprecedented. You must accept that cannabis is legal in your state and should be handled the same as alcohol. The Alaska Cannabis Club should only be charged with failure to obtain a license before operating. Nothing that Greene or any of her employees did was criminal.
At a time when America is trying to mend its history of incarcerating black people for minor drug offenses, charging Greene with these crimes would be a step in the wrong direction. The rest of her adult life would be spent in jail just because she tried to help people. Upon legalizing cannabis, Alaska took its time setting up ways for businesses to acquire licensing for dispensaries, which left people with few legal options. Greene’s efforts are heroic and should not be punished with jail time. We ask that you drop all criminal charges against this incredible activist.
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