As Russia continues its war against Ukraine, the Russian legal system supports her country’s political dispute with the US by detaining Brittany Griner.
When Brittany’s plane landed at Moscow Airport in February – she was en route to play in the country’s off-season WNBA – it became the most recent international meeting between two opponents of the 20th century.
This week a Russian court threw the book at Brittany and sentenced the WNBA star to nine years in prison, at the harsh end of his law’s sentencing guidelines.
Article 228 of Russia’s Criminal Code states that possession of “large amounts” of drugs is punishable by three to 10 years’ imprisonment and a possible fine of 500,000 rubles ($8,261).
He was carrying less than a gram of hash oil, Vice reports.
If Brittany was convicted of carrying a “substantial amount” of drugs, the sentencing guidelines were up to three years in prison.
In 2019, more than one in five prisoners in the Russian Federation was detained for drug law violations.
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Meanwhile, the US government says Brittany, who plays for Phoenix Mercury, is being wrongly jailed.
US President Joe Biden said the phrase was “another reminder of what the world already knew: Russia is wrongly holding Brittany”.
“This is unacceptable and I call on Russia to release him immediately so he can be with his wife, loved ones, friends and teammates. My administration will continue to work tirelessly to get Brittany and Paul Whelan to do their best. [who is serving a 16-year sentence over alleged espionage in Russia] Safe home ASAP,” Biden said.
CNN reports that both sides are ready to talk about the prisoner swap.
Canopy growth swings to loss
Canopy Development (C.G.C) – Get the Canopy Growth Corporation report on Friday, after Smith Falls, Ontario, the cannabis company slipped from a year-ago profit to a first-quarter loss.
Canopy Growth reported a loss of $2.09 billion ($1.62 billion) for the quarter, compared to a profit of CA$392.4 million a year earlier. Net sales of CA$110.1 million fell 19% year over year and missed analyst estimates of $113 million. The loss of CA$5.23 per share was weaker than analyst estimates of 29 cents per share.
Canopy still has big expectations for the U.S. market.
“As our US THC ecosystem continues to strengthen with activity in the New Jersey recreational market and Vana’s expansion into North America, we are focused on delivering a robust innovation pipeline that consumers are looking for. – Premium, enriched and ready to be enjoyed,” said Chief Executive David Klein.