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Griner’s attorney presents doctor’s note in Russian court stating he’s okay with WNBA star using cannabis

A lawyer for WNBA star Brittney Griner during her drug-related trial in Russia on Friday handed the court a letter from a US doctor recommending she use medical cannabis to treat pain.

Griner was arrested at a Moscow airport in February after customs officials found vaping cartridges containing cannabis oil in her luggage.

She faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of transporting drugs.

During a court appearance last week, Griner, a US Olympic gold medalist, pleaded guilty and admitted possessing the cartridges, but said she had no criminal intent.

She also said the cartridges were in her luggage because she hastily packed her way back to Russia to play in that country’s league during the WNBA’s offseason.

“The attending physician gave Brittney recommendations on the use of medical cannabis,” her attorney, Maria Blagovolina, said, according to The Associated Press. “The authorization was issued on behalf of the Arizona Department of Health.”

On Friday, the defense also submitted tests that Griner underwent as part of doping control, which detected no banned substances in his system. The next hearing in the Griner case was scheduled for July 26, the news service also reports.

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