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‘Maybe Free Some People In Jail For Weed Here Too’ Says Elon Musk Of Brittney Griner Prisoner Swap

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WNBA basketball star Brittney Griner has been detained in Russia since February of this year on alleged weed charges.

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The Biden administration has been in prisoner exchange negotiations with Russia, and the basketball player may potentially be freed along with another American prisoner, former marine Paul Whelan, in exchange for the notorious Russian criminal Viktor Bout, who is better known as the “merchant of death” for his weapons supplies to countries in conflict all around the world.

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Griner, who was in Russia to play basketball in the off-season with UMMC Ekaterinburg, was arrested at a Moscow airport by Russian authorities after they allegedly found vape canisters that contained hashish oil in her bags. 

Since then, her detainment has been extended by Russian authorities multiple times. It has now been five months since she was detained, and many suspect that she is being held prisoner as a hostage due to Russia invading Ukraine and having Western sanctions imposed against Russia around the same time.

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The news of the potential prisoner swap has been met with a fair amount of skepticism against the Biden administration, including from the likes of Elon Musk, who took to Twitter to share his own views on the situation via meme.

Elon Musk tweeted on Sunday, July 31,  “Maybe free some people in jail for weed here too?” and shared a meme of an unamused man with his hands on his hips, staring at the camera. The photo is captioned, “People in the US in jail for weed while the government trades a Russian war criminal to free a woman’s basketball player in jail for weed.”

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The folks of Twitter responded in like form to Musk’s tweet, sharing memes of him smoking weed and pointing out that he is, in this instance, correct.

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