Detained WNBA star Brittney Griner’s trial in Russia continued on Friday, with a major bombshell dropped by her lawyer. Griner has been detained since March on drug charges after vape canisters containing cannabis oil were discovered in her luggage at a Moscow airport. Well, Griner’s lawyer provided the court with a doctor’s letter, which recommended that the WNBA star utilize cannabis to treat pain, per the Associated Press.
A lawyer for WNBA star Brittney Griner, who is jailed in Russia on drug charges, on Friday presented a court with a doctor’s letter recommending she use cannabis to treat pain.
Here are the words of Brittney Griner’s lawyer.
“The attending physician gave Brittney recommendations for the use of medical cannabis,” lawyer Maria Blagovolina said. “The permission was issued on behalf of the Arizona Department of Health.”
The defense on Friday also submitted tests she underwent as part of an anti-doping check, which didn’t detect any prohibited substances in her system.
The next hearing of Griner’s case was scheduled for July 26.
Last week, the WNBA star admitted she had possessed the vape canisters, but denied she had any criminal intent, pleading guilty to the drug charges. She faces up to ten years in prison in Russia.
However, as noted by the AP, trials in Russia don’t automatically end after a guilty plea. Since that point, the court proceedings have focused on testimonies about Griner’s good character and ability on the basketball court. She has made seven WNBA All-Star Games in nine seasons and is a WNBA champion.
But this is the first direct and legitimate reason why Griner brought cannabis into the country in the first place. It’s clear that the United States and Russia view the drug very differently.
Perhaps this detail will move things in a better direction for Brittney Griner.