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Charlo Greene made headlines in 2014 when the then 26-year-old memorably quit her TV reporting gig on air while announcing her intention to push for the legalization of marijuana in Alaska: She said, “F— it, I quit,” before walking out of view.

But as the Guardian reports, her ensuing off-screen plight has been largely ignored, even though she faces more than a half-century in prison. That’s because Greene, whose legal name is Charlene Egbe, isn’t just a cannabis advocate but the owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, which she created on April 20, 2014, a full six months before Alaska voted to legalize the adult use of cannabis.

In other words, she was receiving “donations” for marijuana through club “memberships” before it was legal to do so. Police raided the club twice and detectives made several undercover purchases, and though Greene wasn’t directly involved in them, state prosecutors are charging her because the club is registered under her name.

She’s pleaded not guilty to charges of “misconduct involving a controlled substance,” and the original indictment listed eight offenses that amounted to a possible 24 years in jail.

The Guardian broke the news to Greene that six offenses have since been added, raising the total to 54 years. In the Weed Blog, Greene calls this a “modern-day lynching,” and tells High Times that she hopes the cannabis community rallies behind her.

“I need help more than ever,” she says. “Now that I could lose the rest of my life because of cannabis, it feels like the people I fought for have abandoned me.” (Alaskans can’t smoke weed in public.)

This article originally appeared on Newser: She Quit on Air for Legal Pot. Now She Faces 54 Years in Jail

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    • Erik Peterson

      +Phacepalm: Really, dude?? I wouldn’t laugh at Anyone whose freedoms were so egregiously stamped down upon by our Heavy Foot of Government. You make me sick with your Nelson laugh; it seems you despise this NATURAL medicine from our creator. That’s too bad; I guess you are extremely content with your mass-distributed brain candy otherwise known as “pharmaceutical candy”…
      God bless you, Charlene! You are a HERO to the cause; I am trying to propagate your plight as far as possible on all mediums and in life actual. I pray your case is seen by the masses, that they see this proxy shill corruption for what it is, that your case is dismissed(or, at the very least, HEAVILY commuted), and that it might actually Wake people the hell up from their mental slumber and contentment with the archaic status quo. Will continue to follow this on every detail. Keep your head up, always keep fighting the good fight!

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