WNBA star Britney Greiner was on her way to Russia to play basketball when customs officials discovered a contraband in her purse.
According to the Russians, Mr. Greiner allegedly packed cannabis oil in her bag, most likely in the form of a vape.
It was this discovery that led to her now being detained for five months in Russia. On Friday, Ms Greiner appeared in a Russian court for the first time and faced charges of smuggling less than one gram of cannabis oil in her luggage. If convicted, she could face up to 10 years in prison.
What is cannabis oil?
Cannabis – also known as cannabis – is a drug that is made by pressing parts of the cannabis plant that contain the highest levels of THC. Hash is traditionally associated with Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cultures, but has been used globally for decades.
Hash oil is, as might be expected, an “oil” version of hash. The term “oil” refers to the concentrated liquid that forms when cannabinoids are extracted from the cannabis plant. Consumers usually smoke the liquid – or more recently, vape -. Hash oil is available in cartridges and vapes, similar to THC pens and common nicotine vapors.
Is hash oil legal in the US or Russia?
In the United States, hash oil and hash oil — such as marijuana — are Schedule 1 drugs. Use and possession of hash is still illegal under federal law, and its legality varies from state to state.
In Russia, hemp is illegal. An individual possessing less than 6 grams of cannabis or 2 grams of cannabis can be fined or imprisoned for up to 15 days. Possession of more than that becomes a more serious criminal offense.
Ms Greiner was accused of having less than one gram.
“Being sufficiently aware that the movement of drugs is not permitted … no later than February 17, 2022 in an unspecified location under unspecified circumstances from an unidentified person [Ms Griner] She bought two cartridges for personal use, which contain 0.252 grams and 0.45 grams of cannabis oil, for a total of 0.702 grams, TASS reported.
What’s next for Mrs. Greiner?
Its next session is on July 7.
Meanwhile, Ms. Grenier’s supporters were asking the US State Department to intervene and secure her release.
She told Cheryl Greiner, Greiner’s wife CNN This week it had to “push the people” to make sure that the State Department’s statements were in line with its actions.
“It’s really hard. This is not a situation where rhetoric matches action,” she said. “I have to unfortunately push people to make sure the things they tell me also match their actions, and so it was hard to balance because I can’t give up about it. It’s more than 130 days and [Ms Griner] I’m still no longer.”
US officials have expressed concern that the motive behind Ms. Greiner’s arrest is partly political, providing Russia a bargaining chip at a time when it is at odds with the United States over the war in Ukraine.
The Kremlin has vehemently denied the allegations, asserting that the nation was simply implementing its own drug laws.