On Sunday night, an Alaskan TV reporter made headline news when she quit live on air.

KTVA-TV reporter, Charlo Greene, announced on air Sunday, “. . . I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all of my energy toward freedom and fairness, which begins with legalizing cannabis in Alaska. And as for this job, well not that I have a choice but… f*** it, I quit.”

Later, Ms. Greene released a video, found here, explaining her reasons for quitting and her role as CEO of the Alaska Cannabis Club. On November 4, 2014, one of the issues before Alaskan voters will be Ballot Measure 2, the initiative to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Alaska.

Meanwhile, Florida, voters will be faced with Amendment 2 on the November ballot, would allow for much broader medical use of marijuana. Presently, the new Florida Marijuana law called the “Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act,” or “Charlotte’s Web,” legalizes medical prescribed cannabis oil for very limited and severe medical issues.

Recreational possession and use of marijuana is still illegal in the State of Florida. Possession of marijuana, regardless of the form, in an amount of 20 grams or less can be charged as misdemeanor, with penalties of up to one year in county jail, fines, and a one year driver’s license suspension. Possession of drug paraphernalia (including, but not limited to: grinders, scales, and pipes) is also still a misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail.

Casey Reiter is an associate attorney at Stuart R. Manoff & Associates, P.A. in West Palm Beach, Florida, practicing in the areas of Criminal Defense and Marital Law.

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