Griner lawyer: WNBA star had doctor’s note for cannabis use

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KHIMKI, Russia (AP) — A lawyer for WNBA star Brittney Griner at her drug possession trial has given a Russian court a letter from a U.S. doctor recommending she use cannabis to treat pain.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist and standout for the Phoenix Mercury was arrested at a Moscow airport in February after customs officials said they found vape canisters containing cannabis oil in her luggage.

She faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Last week, Griner pleaded guilty and acknowledged possessing the canisters but said she had no criminal intent.

She said they were in her luggage because she packed hastily in her return to Russia to play for the UMMC Ekaterinburg basketball team during the WNBA’s offseason.

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