Jthe WNBA star’s lawyers Britney Grinerwho is on trial in Russia for drug possession and smuggling, argued in court on Friday that the athlete was prescribed the medical use of cannabis in the United States.
They also added that the basketball player underwent a medical check-up this year due to severe chronic pain she is suffering from.
“The attending physician recommended Britney for medical use of cannabis,” said the lawyer Marie Blagovolina according to the official Russian news agency RIA Novosti.
“Authorization was given by the Arizona State Department of Health.”
Blagovolina attached to the documents in the file the results of grinningdoping tests, which all turned out to be negative.
The Athlete was due to be questioned at Friday’s hearing, but it was rescheduled for Tuesday next week to give him time to prepare with his lawyers.
The 31-year-old basketball player was arrested last February at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport after customs officers found cannabis oil, a banned substance in Russia, in her belongings.
grinningwho pleaded guilty to the charges, explained the presence of cannabis oil in her luggage by the haste with which she packed her bags to go to Russia and claimed that she never intended to commit a crime.
Drug trafficking in Russia is punishable by 10 years in prison
According to the White House, President Joe Biden and vice president Kamala Harris spoke by telephone with grinninghis wife, Cherelleto assure him that they are working to free his wife as soon as possible.
Moscow has expressed its desire to work with Washington on a prisoner exchange between the two countries, which could include grinningbut advised the United States to refrain from any attempt to press the issue.
According to US media, former US representative to the UN, Bill Richardson, plans to visit Russia in the coming weeks to try to secure the release of grinning and Paul Whelana former Marine serving a 16-year prison sentence for espionage.
An exchange of citizens: Griner against Viktor Bout, the “merchant of death”
According to some news reports, Russia and the United States are negotiating an exchange between the player and the Russian arms dealer Victor Boutknown as the “Merchant of Death”, who is serving time in a US prison.
fight is serving 25 years in prison for conspiracy to kill US citizens and selling weapons to the former Colombian guerrilla organization FARC.
One of fight‘s American lawyers, Steve Zissousaid he hoped that during Richardsonpossible stay in Moscow, it will be specified to him that “any exchange of citizens must include Viktor Anatolyevich Bout“.