(TheConservativeNews.org) – Elon Musk has waded into the federal government’s efforts to free WNBA star Brittney Griner from Russian captivity, saying the Biden administration should also free anyone else jailed for weed offenses in the United States.
“If the president is working so hard to free someone who is in jail in Russia for some weed, shouldn’t we free people in America?” Musk said in an episode of the Full Send podcast.
Griner was sentenced to nine years in Russia for cannabis possession and Musk noted others locked up on American soil aren’t getting the same attention from the White House.
“There are people in jail in America for the same stuff. Shouldn’t we free them too? My opinion is that people should not be in jail for non-violent drug crimes.”
Biden said Friday his administration is “working hard” and is “hopeful” to get Griner back in negotiations with Russia. His administration has considered the possibility of swapping Griner for notorious arms dealer Viktor Grout — also known as the “Merchant of Death.”
Griner pleaded guilty last month to possessing a small amount of cannabis oil when she was detained at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport in February. She was convicted of cannabis possession and drug smuggling and in addition to her nine-year prison sentence was fined about $16,200.
According to an ACLU report, there were nearly 700,000 marijuana-related arrests in 2018 — the last year data is available. That accounts for 43.2% of all drug arrests, significantly more arrests than any other drug — and more than all violent crime combined, the report found.
And of the 8.2 million marijuana busts between 2001 to 2010, the ACLU found, 88 percent were for simply having marijuana.
Musk also revealed in the podcast that he and the rest of his staff at SpaceX have to undergo regular drug testing for marijuana, after he went viral in 2018 for smoking a joint on an episode of The Joe Rogan Experience.
“I did get a lot of backlash because it’s still federally illegal,” Musk revealed.
He claimed he only had “one puff” on the podcast four years ago, saying he “finds weed’s not that good for productivity.”