Hi there,

Democracy Now! doesn’t belong to any corporation, government or political party. Our daily news hour belongs to you, our listeners, viewers and readers. You’re the reason we exist. In these times of climate chaos, rising authoritarianism and war, Democracy Now! needs your help more than ever to hold the powerful to account and amplify the voices of the scholars, scientists, activists, artists and everyday people who are working to save democracy—and the planet.Right now a generous donor will TRIPLE all donations to our daily news hour. That means your gift of $10 is worth $30 to Democracy Now! Please do your part to keep our independent journalism going strong. Every dollar counts. Thank you so much, and stay safe.
-Amy Goodman

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.


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.”

The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.
Make a donation