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‘No one should be in jail for weed,’ Joe Rogan says of Brittney Griner’s imprisonment

Aug 3, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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“There are tens of thousands of people in prison in America for cannabis right now.”

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Women’s basketball star Brittney Griner is back in Russian court this week and faces up to 10 years in prison after she was caught travelling with cannabis vape pens at a Moscow-area airport in February.

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Calls for Griner’s release — she has now been detained for nearly 170 days — have steadily increased after the U.S. Department of State determined she was “wrongfully detained” in May.

Joe Rogan recently discussed Griner’s case on his hugely popular podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, calling her imprisonment “horrific” and adding that “no one should be in jail for weed.” 

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“It’s horrible. It’s for nothing. It’s like she’s the clearest form of political prisoner,” Rogan said, via The Fresh Toast.

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“She might do 10 years in jail over there … She has already been over there for months. But here is what is important … People are freaking about this, right? Russia needs to let her go. We’ve people in America right now, locked up for marijuana, and they’ve been locked up for f**king years. For years and years and years. And there’s not one. There’s thousands of them,” he added. 

Elon Musk, who made headlines in 2019 after smoking a joint during a taping of one of Rogans podcasts, also waded into the conversation recently, tweeting in response to Griners case; “Maybe free some people in jail for weed here too?”

In 2020, Musk also pontificated about the current federal ban on cannabis in the U.S., tweeting, “Selling weed literally went from major felony to essential business (open during pandemic) in much of America and yet many are still in prison, doesn’t make sense, isn’t right.”

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Closing arguments are scheduled to begin in Griners case this week and Reuters reports that the trial could be over very soon.

Not soon enough, it appears, for Rogan, who noted on his podcast that there are tens of thousands of people in prison in America for cannabis right now.”

Despite a growing number of U.S. states reforming their cannabis laws, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently reported that 2020 was a banner year for the agencys Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program (DCE/SP). 

In 2020, the federal agency eradicated 4,541,962 cannabis plants, leading to 4,992 arrests. 

The Last Prisoner Project (LPP), a U.S.-based non-profit dedicated to cannabis and justice reform, cites that 15.7 million people have been arrested on cannabis charges in the last two decades. 

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In June, referencing DEA figures, LPP reported that federal cannabis arrests had increased 25 per cent year-over-year.

“The 6,606 arrests made in 2021 represent the highest number of federal arrests since 2011,” LPP noted in a statement

Sarah Gersten, LPP’s executive director and general counsel, called the news “a clear betrayal of public confidence.”

“As we, other activists and the American people have repeatedly made clear — federal authorities should not be using precious time and resources to pursue cannabis law enforcement. We are concerned that the past decade of cannabis-related decarceration is slowly being undone by this needless and unjust crusade. We implore the Biden Administration to divert this time, energy and money in pursuit of an end to federal prohibition and the release of federal cannabis prisoners,” Gersten added. 

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In 2020, LPP helped secure the release of Richard DeLisi, believed to be America’s longest-serving, non-violent cannabis offender.

In 1989, at the age of 40, DeLisi was charged with trafficking in cannabis, conspiracy to traffic in cannabis and violation of the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. He was sentenced to a 90-year term and ultimately served 32 years.

“I am grateful to everyone who has been there and helped me along in these long years,” DeLisi said following his release.

It’s not the first time Rogan has disagreed with the law. In June, he quoted a tweet from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which shared that it had seized small amounts of ecstasy, cannabis and psilocybin mushrooms from a vehicle, and added his own spin to it. 

“You should take all these drugs and rethink your life,” he said in response.

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