Charlo Greene, an Alaskan reporter who went viral after quitting during a live broadcast to become a full-time marijuana advocate, could be facing up to more than half of a century of incarceration for operating an unlicensed marijuana social club.
Although Alaska legalized recreational marijuana in 2014, state officials have been adamantly opposed to allowing socials clubs, citing a current ban on public marijuana consumption and likening the businesses to banned bottle clubs.
Greene is currently facing a total of 10 felony and four misdemeanor charges, punishable by up to 54 years in prison.
“It’s almost dizzying when you try to make sense of it,” Greene told The Guardian. “It could literally cost me the rest of my adult life.” Greene has pleaded not guilty to the charges
Calling the charges a “modern day lynching,” Greene has openly questioned whether the steep charges are racially motivated. According to Alaska Dispatch News, marijuana social clubs have gone largely unchecked in Alaska, with many law enforcement officials refusing to take action.
Greene, whose real name is Charlene Egbe, is expected to go to trial in the coming months, but a date has yet to be announced.