Decidedly, being in the foreground is the favorite pastime of the wealthy Elon Musk. Just yesterday, he posted a tweet commenting on a US-Russian prisoner swap offer. This prisoner exchange was allegedly made by the Joe Biden administration in order to free WNBA star “Brittney Griner”. Moreover, this is not the first time that Elon Musk has criticized the US government’s persecution of marijuana-related crimes.
In his words, ” people in the United States are in prison for weed while the government exchanges a Russian war criminal to free a basketball player in prison for weed “. While in 2020 he tweeted ” The sale of weed has literally gone from a major crime to an essential business in much of America and yet many are still in prison. It makes no sense, it’s unfair! »
About Brittney Griner
WNBA player Brittney Griner is currently imprisoned in Russia. In March, customs officers found vape cartridges containing hash oil in his luggage. In the videos the Customs Service released, you can see Griner going through security at Sheremetyevo Airport having a package removed from his bag.
It turns out that the young woman played for the Russian basketball team UMMC Ekaterinburg for years during the WNBA offseason. The maximum penalty for this type of crime is 10 years in prison. A former marine named Paul Whelan is also being held in a Russian prison for espionage.
What about the prisoner exchange between Russia and the United States?
Antony Blinken, American Secretary of State proposed an exchange of prisoners to Sergei Lavrov, the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs. The exchange consists of repatriating Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan to the United States and freeing Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer commonly known as the “dealer of death”.
At present, no agreement has yet been finalized between the two countries. However, if successful, calls for releases for those incarcerated in the United States for marijuana-related crimes could rage in the future.