Russian Khimki — A lawyer defending US basketball player Brittney Griner told a Russian court on Friday that he had been prescribed medical cannabis in the United States for a chronic injury, a court Reuters journalist reported.
Greener was convicted of being sentenced to up to 10 years in prison after being detained with an arc cartridge containing hashish oil at Moscow Airport in February.
The Women’s Basketball Association (WNBA) star appeared in court on Friday at the fourth hearing of the trial, wearing a Nirvana T-shirt. She said she wasn’t going to break her law, and US President Joe Biden said the United States is doing everything it can to ensure her liberation.
The Kremlin downplayed the idea of prisoner exchange and said it was premature to discuss the possibility of exchanging two-time Olympic gold medalist Grinner for Russians imprisoned in the United States.
Greener’s defense team filed a document on Friday claiming that she “inadvertently” brought an arc cartridge to Russia and issued a medical cannabis license in Arizona.
“Today’s defense provided written evidence such as written materials, medical documents, tax returns, etc.,” Greener’s lawyer, Rivalkin, Gorznyan, Diakin, and Partners’ partner Maria Bragovolina told Reuters. Told.
“In the medical document, there is a doctor’s note about the substance that Brittney Griner accidentally left in his belongings when he crossed the border,” she said.
At a hearing on Thursday, the director of the Russian Basketball Club provided evidence in support of Greener’s “outstanding ability” and “personal contribution to strengthening team spirit.”
Greener, who plays for Phoenix Mercury in the United States, was scheduled to play for Russian team UMMC Yekaterinburg during the off-season. This is a common move for WNBA players. Greener first played in Russia in the 2014–15 season and had a previous stint in China.