CannaWomen: Charlo Greene

Story by Mat Lee

     Some of you may know her as the KTVA “Fuck it, I quit” news lady from Alaska. She basically did what all humans who hate the nine-to-five wish they could do. One of the interesting things about it is that in doing so, she also started a movement. As for the writing of this, the video of her gracefully parting ways with her employer I found on the Alaska Dispatch News YouTube channel, from September 22, 2014, has 13,646,680 views.
     The rest of you will recognize her from the tireless work she does in the cannabis industry. We’ve come a long way since the early days of prohibition, but, in an opinion we probably share, not nearly far enough. If you follow Ms. Greene’s work on the internet, you probably know that she was raided twice and is currently, as of this writing, out on bail. She says the attorneys have taken their time during the whole process, so she’s making the most out of it by traveling around the country bringing awareness to the issues facing our sweet cannabis industry. Charlo gave a talk on the second day of the Imperious Expo + Directory, along with Amy Peradotta from Women Grow, entitled “Strength in Diversity.”
     If you want to check out the next Cannabis Diversity Summit, go to Vancouver, Canada, on September 16, 2016. You can get tickets and more information at gogreene.org, and watch the full stream of the “Strength in Diversity” talk from the Imperious Expo on her YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUvP6ggc07w.
     The Cannabis Diversity Summit is dedicated to educating the public about the issues facing minorities, with a focus on the cannabis industry. The goal is to educate people at the community level, the public at large, and the press about law enforcement, legislation, regulation, getting into the cannabis industry, advocacy, and more—all from the perspectives of leaders of color.

     Charlo started Go Greene to help address and cultivate diversity in the cannabis industry.
     The Minority Cannabis Business Association is another great Charlo resource if you want to be more involved in what’s going on with the industry in regard to keeping the workplace as diversified as possible.
     Her website states: Go GREENE is a key advocacy organization for anyone interested in meaningful drug law reform through cannabis legalization and acceptance. With a focus on encouraging entrepreneurs in a demographic traditionally underrepresented in the industry—communities of color—Go GREENE will continue to lead the fight for diversity in the cannabis marketplace.
     Be sure to visit minoritycannabis.org and get informed on some of these important issues. It all starts with education. From their website: The Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA) is the first non-profit organization created specifically to progress the cannabis industry by increasing diversity. Our mission is to create equal access and economic empowerment for cannabis businesses, their patients, and the communities most affected by the war on drugs.
     For more information about Go Greene, and how you can get involved, email info@gogreene.org.

References:

I quit video
www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYcSqIuqkz4

Strength in Diversity
www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUvP6ggc07w

Minority cannabis business association
www.minoritycannabis.org/

Cannabis Diversity Summit
www.gogreene.org/