The most effective way to overcome cannabis’s problem is to call President Biden to grant a blanket pardon for cannabis offenses and encourage state and local expungement efforts. Thousands of Americans are currently in prison for cannabis charges, and we believe it is time for this issue to be addressed. We believe that by pardoning those convicted of cannabis offenses and by encouraging expungement efforts, we can begin to right the wrongs that have been done.
Blanket Pardon for Cannabis
The American people have spoken, and they want cannabis legalized. Unfortunately, there are still many people behind bars for possession charges. We call on President Biden to grant a blanket pardon for all cannabis offenses and encourage state and local governments to expunge these records. It’s time for America to move forward and end the failed drug war.
Brittney Griner Found Guilty of Cannabis Possession, Sentenced to 9 Years in Russian Prison
On Tuesday, Brittney Griner was found guilty of cannabis possession and sentenced to 9 years in a Russian prison. The 6-foot-8 basketball star had been arrested on Sunday at a Moscow airport after security guards found several joints in her luggage. Griner, who plays for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, has been outspoken about her marijuana use.
According to NBC News, American basketball star Brittney Griner has been found guilty of cannabis possession charges in a Russian court. Griner was sentenced to 9 years in a Russian prison and fined 1 million rubles (USD 16,950) by Judge Anna Sotnikova on Thursday. The sentence is effective immediately, meaning Griner will have to serve her time in a Russian prison. This is a harsh sentence for what many would consider a minor offense, but it serves as a reminder of the severe penalties that can be imposed for drug offenses in Russia.
Basketball star Brittney Griner was arrested on Sunday at Moscow airport after security guards found several joints in her luggage.
Basketball star Brittney Griner has been sentenced to 9 years in a Russian prison after being caught with marijuana at Moscow’s airport. On Thursday, Judge Anna Sotnikova also fined the 26-year-old 1 million rubles ($16,950). Griner was arrested on Sunday after security guards found several joints in her luggage.
She plays for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and has been outspoken about her cannabis use.
In response to her sentencing, Griner said that she “accepts the consequences” of her actions and plans to “use this as an opportunity to grow. “She also said that she hopes her experience will help raise awareness of the need for reform when it comes to drug policies. While some may see Griner’s sentence as harsh, it’s important to remember that possession of any amount of marijuana is a criminal offense in Russia. In contrast, many states in America have legalized or decriminalized recreational marijuana use.
Cannabis Industry Reacts
Steven Hawkins, CEO of the US Cannabis Council, released the following announcement following Griner’s sentencing.
Cannabis may be legal in some parts of the world, but Brittney Griner is serving a 9-year sentence in Russia for possessing the plant. This is a wake-up call for Americans who think cannabis legalization is sweeping the globe. Possession of cannabis is still illegal and harshly punished in many countries, including the United States. The Griner case should remind us that even though progress is being made, there is still a long way to go before cannabis is truly accepted worldwide.
We are outraged at the 9-year sentence given to political prisoner Brittney Griner. We trust that the Biden administration is actively working on her case and eagerly await her safe return home. Griner’s case is a wake-up call for Americans – cannabis may be legal in some parts of the world, but possession is still harshly punished in many places, including the US. We must continue to fight for reform so that no one else suffers like Brittney Griner.
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