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Griner's attorney says her doctor recommended use of medical cannabis

A lawyer representing Brittney Griner has given a Russian court documents from a U.S. doctor that recommended the star use medical cannabis to treat pain. Her attorney said that permission was granted by the Arizona Department of Health Services. 

Her lawyers also submitted tests that she had as a part of an anti-doping check. That check did not find any prohibited substances in Griner’s system.

Griner has pleaded guilty and acknowledged possessing vape canisters containing cannabis oil. However, she claimed she had no criminal intent and that she hastily packed her luggage. 

Her admission of guilt does not end the trial in Russia’s judicial system. And since Griner’s plea, court sessions have focused on written and in person testimony on her good character and athletic prowess. 

Griner’s trial will resume July 26. 

Greg Hahne started as a news intern at KJZZ in 2020 and returned as a field correspondent in 2021. He learned his love for radio by joining Arizona State University's Blaze Radio, where he worked on the production team.