Vice President Kamala Harris accused of hypocrisy after accusing Britney Griner of being convicted by Russia of cannabis smuggling charges . Prosecutor.
31-year-old Griner was sentenced to nine years in prison Thursday after admitting to bringing his vape cartridges containing cannabis oil into the country. . The WNBA star said he was prescribed the oil to relieve pain associated with a chronic injury and accidentally stuffed it in his luggage.
He was widely criticized by US diplomats and government officials.President Biden called the verdict "unacceptable" andcalled on Russia to release Griner and his second imprisoned American. , Paul Whelan, "Soon".
Harris issued another statement on her Twitter accountcondemning Griner's conviction.
Continuing in custody, she should be released immediately," Harris wrote. "@POTUS and I, and our entire administration, work every day to reunite with loved ones who miss Britney and Paul Whelan dearly."
But much of Harris' critics were quick to point out that while serving as both San Francisco's district attorney and California's attorney general, he oversaw thousands of marijuana-related prosecutions and was an outspoken critic of marijuana legalization. .As the Daily Mail first reported.
"Britney Griner was sentenced to nine years in Russia for drug possession... This is the same as when Kamala Harris was California Attorney General, most criminal sentences were the same." It seems to have been given to people atauthor Tim Young,
. Another commenter wrote: Then boasting about it, you said you listened to Tupac and smoked marijuana in college and snooped before releasing your first album. ''
A third fumed similarly. You are only blaming this because the US cannot benefit from her imprisonment in Russia.
With today's ruling, Russia continues the illegal detention of Britney Griner. She should be released immediately. @POTUS and I, and our entire administration, are working daily to reunite Britney and Paul Whelan with their loved ones who miss them dearly.— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) Aug 4, 2022
You imprisoned people for possession of marijuana.
You are blaming this because the United States will not benefit from her imprisonment in Russia. https://t.co/2lX9lZqVq3— Karim said #FreePalestine 🇺🇸🇯🇲🌹🏳️🌈 🌻🇵🇸 (@shift_in2_turbo) Aug 5, 2022
San Jose The Mercury News reportedin 2019 that while Harris served as San Francisco's chief prosecutor from 2004 to 2010, she reported that its office had processed more than 1,900 marijuana convictions. It has been noted that most of those arrested for low-level possession escaped jail time, and only a few dozen were jailed.
According to a study by the conservative publication Washington Her Free Her Beacon, Harris was elected Golden Her State's Attorney General in 2011, and in addition she earned 1,970 Man jailed for marijuana crime.
Harris also vocally opposed California's marijuana legalization ballot initiative, which she eventually passed in 2016.
She only voiced her support for its legalization around 2018, even going so far as to support a bill to deregulate cannabis. Substance Law, Forbes reported. She also wrote a book advocating the decriminalization of cannabis.
Harris sided with Hawaii State Rep. Tulsi Gabbard during the 2019 Democratic presidential debate after bringing up her record of imprisoning people for marijuana possession. Famous for getting into fights.
"She put more than 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations, and then laughed about it when asked if she had ever smoked marijuana," Gabbard said on Harris's radio show. The Breakfast Club.”
At the roundtable, the White House candidate and former prosecutor laughed and admitted to smoking marijuana in college. rice field. And I inhaled — I inhaled. That was a long time ago. But yes. "