Why was American professional basketball player Britney Griner sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison and fined $17,000 for bringing a tiny amount of medical cannabis into Russia?
The biggest reason this lauded female professional athlete may spend her prime years in a Russian gulag is Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Known to people who apparently don’t fear sudden death as “Vladdy the Laddy,” Putin is the most bad-ass street fighter hit man world leader since Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot.
Vladdy has six-pack abs, is fluent in at least five languages, rides hard on horses and with violent motorcycle gangs, is pro at hockey and martial arts, and sings karaoke.
Putin is also a trained KGB hit man. For those of you under 30 years old, the KGB was the old name for the Russian government agency that murdered people to serve the interests of the Kremlin, no matter where they were in the world.
Oh, and also spying, setting up false flag terrorist attacks, interfering in foreign elections, and many other dirty deeds done dirt cheap.
Vladimir Putin is making Stalin’s corpse proud by killing Ukrainian women and children. In 1932-33, when Stalin was dictator of Old Russia, he deliberately starved to death at least 4 million Ukrainians.
Vladdy the Laddy now continues Stalin’s Ukrainian genocide project, using military massacres of civilians and blowing up entire regions, along with stealing Ukraine’s substantial wheat crops and other agricultural bounties.
What a guy!
Yes indeed, Vladdy is a world-class hater and murderer, and he hates marijuana, LGBTQ, America, democracy, Pussy Riot, and black people.
That’s why it’s very unfortunate that two-time Olympic gold medalist and professional WNBA and international women’s basketball star Brittney Griner made the mistake of entering Russia in February 2022 with a tiny amount of cannabis oil.
Professional athletes–especially basketball players whose sport creates joint problems, arthritis, and swelling–commonly use weed oil as an analgesic, anti-inflammatory agent.
Griner’s attorney says she has a prescription for medical cannabis and had mistakenly included the cannabis in her luggage while hurriedly packing for her voyage to Russia.
She was going there to play professional basketball, which she has done in Russia and China before.
Problem is, Vladdy hates cannabis. It’s totally illegal to have any amount of cannabis in Russia, totally illegal to bring any amount into the country.
Growing marijuana in Russia?
Forget about it unless you want to freeze to death starving in a Siberian prison, comrade.
Griner was arrested at the international airport and has been caged in the Russian gulag ever since, even though she pled guilty to the marijuana charge in early July.
When you compare what she looked like playing professional basketball and what she looks like now in shackles, you see Russian imprisonment has broken her spirit.
Before she was imprisoned, she was an imposing athlete–muscular, dominant on the court, tall, proud, strong.
Now she’s pale, bent over, looks like a deer being chased by a vicious hunter.
Earlier this year, a Russian court sentenced former US diplomat Marc Fogel to 14 years in prison for what Russia calls “large-scale” marijuana smuggling and “large-scale illegal storage of drugs with a commercial purpose.”
Fogel, who is also a school teacher and is in his 60s, had slightly more than half an ounce of weed in his luggage when he was busted arriving at Sheremetyevo airport in August 2021.
Slightly more than half an ounce of marijuana is what Russia calls “large-scale.” How stupid is that?
Fogel pled guilty to smuggling, storing, transporting, manufacturing and processing narcotic drugs, according to Russia’s Interfax news agency, and was sentenced to 14 years of hard time at a maximum security prison.
Fogel’s sentence is an omen for Griner, but her family, friends, attorneys, and allies in the American government are also afraid for her because Vladdy the Laddy has expressed disgust for LGBTQ people and is known for racist feelings towards ethnic minorities.
To put it simply, this is the worst time to be a black, lesbian, American “marijuana criminal” in Russia.
Griner’s attorneys told Russian authorities that Griner’s cannabis possession is legal in the U.S.
Russian government spokesperson Maria Zakharova said: “If a U.S. citizen was taken in connection with the fact that she was smuggling drugs, and she does not deny this, then this should be commensurate with our Russian local laws, and not those adopted in San Francisco, New York and Washington. When drugs are legalized in the United States, and this is done for a long time, the whole country will become drug-addicted, this does not mean that all other countries are following the same path.”
Former president Donald Trump, Tucker Carlson, and many other American “conservatives” absolutely adore Vladdy Putin, at least based on their bromance public praise of him.
This is not a surprise—Trump and other right-wingers share Putin’s harsh views about feminists, black people, LGBTQ people, and most “social issues.”
Trump of course took Putin’s side in the Griner saga.
Trump described Griner as a “spoiled” rich athlete who entered Russian “loaded up with drugs,” and said that unlike President Biden, he would not have tried to get Briner out of Russian prison.
Griner’s “load of drugs” amounted to less than a gram of cannabis oil. A Russian appeals court rejected Griner’s attempt to reverse the conviction or decrease the prison sentence.
Trump says Griner deserves imprisonment, saying Griner should have known Russian laws ban cannabis.
Trump also says Putin is “sooooo great” at karaoke…but you gotta wonder why nobody told Vladdy he’s singing about one of the world’s most famous Indica marijuana strains…
Under Putin, Russia wages a brutal drug war that destroys the lives of many Russians, many of whom use cannabis to defeat vodka addiction, or simply to recover after hearing Putin sing.
Russian musician and activist Maria Alyokhina, a member of the protest group Pussy Riot who suffered two years in a Russian prison after publicly criticizing Putin, said Griner is likely to suffer a lot in the extremely harsh Russian work camp Griner has been sent to.
Maria reports that she shared a small room with 80 other women in that same prison. There was no hot water, and only three toilets.
Female prisoners viewed as strong and athletic are assigned duties most men would find very hard, such as coal mining or carrying 100-pound sacks of flour, for 10-14 hours a day.
The prisoners rarely receive medical care, and are blocked from communicating with the outside world.
As I see the suffering Putin causes worldwide, I have a recurring dream in which I hang out with Vladdy the Laddy and vape Serious Seeds’ White Russian marijuana strain with him.
Perhaps the strain name would appeal to Vladdy, a devout White Russian nationalist.
It’s a knockout type of Indica marijuana that perhaps could overcome the callous attitude of doom, domination and state violence Putin embodies.
Maybe just maybe if this murderous war criminal got high on marijuana even once it would activate a conscience inside him, he’d realize what a monster he’s been.
He’d let Britney Griner go free and end his slaughter in Ukraine.
One last thing: Vladdy the Laddy likes to poison, irradiate, or imprison people who tell the truth about him. So if Growing Marijuana Perfectly suddenly goes dark and never publishes another article, it will be because Vladdy killed us, lol.
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