Phoenix Mercury female Black basketball player Britney Griner was arrested on February 17 for being in possession of two vape cartridges’. Before that, she made headlines after ‘took a knee’ during the Anthem. Leading to her arrest, when attempting to get off the airport in Russia, she was stopped at Sheremetyevo International Airport. It was then that she was caught with the two cannabis vapes in her possession, which is illegal in Russia. Nevertheless, the US government has accused the Russians of using Britney as a pawn in response to Western sanctions after the country invaded Ukraine in February.
Russian state TV has released a photo of WNBA star Brittney Griner, who was arrested on drug charges in the country after Russian officials say cannabis oil was found in her luggage. CNN's @RosaFlores has the story. pic.twitter.com/SzB9MSSQfY— CNN (@CNN) March 8, 2022
Britney Griner Was Judged Harshly For Not Standing For The National Anthem
“I don’t mean that in any disrespect to our country. My dad was in Vietnam and a law officer for 30 years. I wanted to be a cop before basketball. I do have pride for my country”, the ball player stated.
Undoubtedly, Britney’s protest was popularized amid the unlawful death by a cop, Breonna Taylor and several other Black people who died unjustly at the hands of police officers.
I wonder if Brittney Griner stands or takes a knee for the Russian national anthem every morning in her jail cell… 🤔— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) August 6, 2022
Russia Cracks Down Hard On Drugs Of Any Kind
Even though it’s legal in parts of the United States; Russia does not allow cannabis of any sort into the country. Possession of up to 6 grams (or two grams of hashish) is an administrative offense; punishable by a fine or detention of 15 days. Possession of larger amounts is a criminal offense.
Moreover, according to research, it’s illegal to be in possession of, sell; or grow cannabis in Russia. Besides, the country has the highest number of drug incarcerations in Europe (per capita); and most were imprisoned under the notorious Article 228. However, there are hints that the law may change – with the country exploring the option of importing cannabis for medical research.