Alaska became the third state to legalize marijuana less than a month ago and none were happier than Charlo Greene. If you recall, Greene was the marijuana activist who quit her job as a KTVA reporter during a live broadcast to focus on her fledgling Alaska Cannabis Club in September. However things have taken a turn for the worse for the marijuana activist and the club she founded.
The new law made the recreational use of marijuana legal, however it is still illegal to sell the drug. Guidelines for the regulation of the marijuana sales are still under consideration by state government. That’s where there seems to be a conflict. On Friday, Anchorage police served search warrants at the Alaska Cannabis Club after receiving reports of illegal marijuana sales. Police confiscated marijuana and impounded a Dodge Dakota and a Jeep Liberty.
“I saw them uproot a couple of marijuana plants. They took some bongs and pipes and phones and computers, and that’s pretty much it,” Greene said.
Greene, who’s real name is Charlene Egbe, told KTVA the club is a medical marijuana dispensary. “We don’t sell any recreational marijuana. We don’t sell any medical marijuana. This is a place for cardholders to come and share their own cannabis,” she said.
Greene fired off an email to the Associated Press saying, “By opening back up bright and early, less than 24 hours after the local police department’s failed scare tactic, we, at the Alaska Cannabis Club, have made it clear that the will of the people is stronger than any force they have — and we aren’t going anywhere.”
No arrests have been made or charges filed in connection with the raid.
In a post on the Alaska Cannabis Club Facebook page:
Today, a day after we were robbed by the Anchorage Police Department at gunpoint, we met with an endless flow of club members that stopped by to simply say, ‘You’re still here, and so are we.’
I can’t tell you all how much this meant to me and my family but know that just trying to express my gratitude right now through text has me in happy tears.
Our resilience at the Alaska Cannabis Club should show any government agency that attempts to challenge the will of its citizens that THE PEOPLE WILL NO LONGER ACCEPT BEING VICTIMS IN THIS WAR ON DRUGS, WE ARE FREEDOM FIGHTERS AND WE’RE JUST GETTING STARTED, bitch.
See all of you tomorrow at 11am!
Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said that it is “very important that people don’t try to jump the gun until the state sets our other rules and protocols for the sale and commercialization of marijuana.”
So was this persecution of the highly publicized marijuana club or was this weed club trying to make some extra money on the side?