Brittney Griner's Fifth Court Hearing: Defense Summons A Narcology Expert

had her fifth court hearing on Tuesday in Russia over drug charges, with her lawyers arguing that she had used medical marijuana to ease pain from sports injuries, like many other professional international athletes, reported Reuters.

WNBA star faces a possible jail sentence of up to 10 years as medical marijuana is illegal in Russia. Furthermore, this case has emphasized the tense relations between Russia and the U.S., especially during a time of Moscow’s military intervention in Ukraine. The Kremlin, however, said that the case has nothing to do with politics.

During the hearing, the defense brought a narcology expert who claimed that medical cannabis is widely used by professional athletes in states and countries where it is illegal, and often has fewer side effects than painkillers.  

"With the prescription in place, Brittney may have used it for medical …

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