A Fox 2 Detroit news anchor has announced she will retire from the television station to work with a pro-marijuana group in Michigan, according to a Nov. 1, 2016, post at DetroitNews.com.
Anqunette Jamison Sarfoh, a 22-year veteran of broadcast journalism, is slated to be introduced as a new leader in MILegalize at a fundraiser in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Nov. 2, 2016.
Sarfoh already had taken a leave of absence from Fox 2 due to complications with multiple sclerosis.
“I loved my job, but multiple sclerosis was making it harder and harder to do it,” Sarfoh said in a video posted to social media on Nov. 1, 2016, the day she announced her retirement from Fox 2 Detroit.
In a written statement, Sarfoh said, “As someone who has experienced the positive effects of using cannabis I feel it is hypocritical to remain quiet and benefit while others suffer in prison for nonviolent drug offenses. I want people to know they have a nonpharmaceutical option. I believe responsible adults have the right to enjoy this plant in the same manner as alcohol: with no shame and no fear of prosecution.”
As residents of five states prepare to vote on recreational legalization and residents in four others prepare to vote on medical marijuana, pro-pot forces in Michigan were unable to get past court challenges to get a legalization measure on the Nov. 8, 2016, ballot.