Protestors ‘Smoke Out’ Russian Embassy To Demand Brittney Griner’s Release

Hashish activists smoked weed outdoors the Russian Embassy in Washington on Thursday and demanded freedom for WNBA star Brittney Griner after a Russian appeals court docket upheld Griner’s nine-year sentence for hashish possession.

DC Marijuana Justice activists displayed a 51-foot inflatable joint with the messages “Free Griner and the Russians from Putin” and “Free 420 Prisoners” throughout a “smoke out” protest that started at 4:20 p.m., in keeping with People.

“We really feel compelled to protest the Russian Federation and President Putin, who’s clearly utilizing an American citizen as a pawn in his warfare in opposition to Ukraine,” Adam Eidinger, co-founder of DC Marijuana Justice, told The Washington Post.

“It’s time for the general public to stand up and defend Brittney Griner,” Eidinger continued. “If we’re going to struggle for prisoners to be launched in the USA, we have to struggle for them to be launched all over the place, internationally.”

Griner, a Phoenix Mercury participant, has been detained in Russia since February, when police found hashish oil in her baggage. She pleaded responsible and was sentenced to 9 years’ imprisonment.

President Joe Biden promised this week that his administration would proceed efforts to free Griner and different U.S. residents in Russian custody.

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