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Biden says 'hopeful' Britney Griner will be released, he's 'working hard' on it

President Biden said Friday that he "expects" Russia to release women's basketball star Britney Griner.was sentenced to nine years in prison on Thursday for marijuana possession.

“I hope the Biden administration will trade notorious arms dealer Viktor Bout for Griner for fellow imprisoned American Paul Whelan, who Russia claims was working as a spy.

Griner said last month that he had consumed a small amount of cannabis oil when he was detained at a Moscow airport in February. Pled guilty to possession.She said she was in a rush to pack and forgot it was there.

Biden is legalizing marijuana and, as a senator, drafted a bill to sentence several cannabis dealers to life in prison without parole.Last year, the White House admitted to using cannabis in the past. Outgoing President Donald Trump has commuted seven people's sentences last year. The Three Strikes Clause of the Criminal Code of 1994 prepared by

Marijuana is legal for medical or recreational use under state law in most parts of the United States, but US authorities More than 350,000 arrests in 2020 for pot crimes, according to FBI data.

Presiden Biden said he is "hopeful" that Russia will free basketball star Brittney Griner after she was sentenced to nine years in prison for marijuana possession.
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Biden said his administration is "working hard" on getting Griner out of Russian prison.
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