Griner told the court she knew the vape cartridges she brought were illegal in Russia. “I still don’t understand how they ended up in my bag,” she said. “I had no intention to break the law.” She said she was “rushed packing and stressed packing. … I was in a huge hurry.” Griner said she was recovering from COVID-19 and needed to be tested before she left, adding to her stress. “As they ended up in my bags by accident, I take responsibility, but I did not intend to smuggle or plan to smuggle [banned substances] to Russia,” she said during cross-examination.
Basketball player Brittney Griner faced her sixth day in the ongoing drug trial in Russia. She was seen holding up photos of her loved ones. pic.twitter.com/1dHP4FlzuP— Newsweek (@Newsweek) July 27, 2022
Griner said she used medicinal cannabis for pain relief. A Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman has said the legalization of cannabis elsewhere makes no difference in Russia, where it is illegal. Maria Blagovolina, a lawyer for Griner, said her client “explained to the court that she knows and respects Russian laws and never intended to break them.” “Brittney confirmed that she had a doctor’s prescription for the use of medical cannabis and that in the USA medical cannabis is quite a popular treatment among professional athletes,” Blagovolina said, according to The New York Times. “She emphasized that never planned to bring it to Russia and use it.” Griner, who plays for UMMC Ekaterinburg in the EuroLeague during the WNBA offseason, said in court that Yekaterinburg, which is about 900 miles east of Moscow, “became her second home, and she has always been enjoying her time in Russia,” Blagovina said. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Brittney Griner testified in a Russian court on Wednesday. Her defense team continued to present evidence that Griner, who was accused of bringing hashish oil into the country, had not intended to break the law. https://t.co/GzE8Ej2Vma pic.twitter.com/WVTW8xWHNI— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 27, 2022