*Charlo Greene, the Alaska television reporterand marijuana activist who quit her job on-air, is being investigated for using crowdsourcing funds to advocate for a ballot initiative to legalize pot for recreational use.
The Alaska Dispatch News reports the investigation is being conducted by the Alaska Public Offices Commission. According to the publication, Greene (legal name Charlene Egbe) challenged the commission’s request for documents. The agency rejected Greene’s objection to a subpoena. As a result, the Dispatch News noted that the commission has the authority to continue its investigation to determine whether money that was spent would trigger reporting
“If you publish your personal stance on any issue, then this government agency believes they have the authority to ask for emails, bank-account information, all of your records,” said Greene, who believes the commission is unfairly targeting her. “That’s scary.”
Greene’s comments come as Alaska and Oregon follows Washington and Colorado this month as being among the states to approve legal marijuana. In September, Greene after she quit her job and mentioned being the owner of a medical marijuana business. Greene continued her work to legalize marijuana soon after by launching an IndieGoGo online fundraising campaign, which raised more than $8,400.
In a three-page order, the commission stated that Greene hasn’t been found in violation of the law, writing, “But without a reasonable investigation, no determination can be reached.”
In light of her campaign fundraising for her organization, the Alaska Cannabis Club, Greene said the effort shouldn’t be subject to reporting requirements.