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Jailed Basketball Superstar Brittney Griner Appears in Russian Court

HeadlineJul 27, 2022

U.S. basketball superstar Brittney Griner is testifying today in a Russian courtroom as her trial continues. She has been jailed since February, when she was arrested at a Moscow airport for possession of cannabis oil in her luggage. On Tuesday, Griner’s legal team argued she had the cannabis oil for legitimate medical uses. A Russian drug expert was questioned by Griner’s attorney Maria Blagovolina.

Maria Blagovolina: “Based on what you have just said, did we understand you correctly that a professional athlete suffering from chronic pain could have been prescribed medical cannabis in the U.S. — for example, in the U.S. — as a therapy?”

Mikhail Tetyushkin: “I cannot testify for a doctor working in the United States, because they have their own standards of diagnostics and treatment, but these types of treatment are prescribed. This is a fact.”

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