It was WNBA star Brittney Grenier He was sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison After being found with cannabis cartridges in her carry-on bag at a Moscow airport in February, according to Russian authorities.
A two-time Olympic basketball champion and member of the US National Team has been arrested after she was found carrying cannabis-derived oil cartridges.
Before the ruling was announced, Griner told the court that she had no intention of breaking the law by bringing cartridges of cannabis oil into the country when she traveled to Moscow in February to play basketball in the city of Yekaterinburg.
Laws regarding the possession of cannabis products vary by state and country, which may affect what happens to the person traveling with them.
Here’s what you should know about traveling with cannabis products.
In the United States, marijuana is still illegal federally
While marijuana is legal for adults in some US states, it is still illegal under federal law. Not recommended for transportation across state lines.
THC is the primary psychoactive substance in marijuana. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive component of cannabis that is often sold in other products, such as lotions and dietary supplements.
Some cannabis-infused products, including CBD oil, are considered illegal at the federal level if they contain more than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis.
It is not clear whether the cartridges that Russian officials say Greiner was carrying contained either CBD, THC, or both.
The Only the Food and Drug Administration approved One hemp-derived product, Epidiolex, which contains a pure form of CBD, and three synthetic cannabis-related drug products: Marinol (dronabinol), Syndros (dronabinol) and Cesamet (nabilone), the agency said in January 2021. These are only available with prescriptions from licensed healthcare providers.
The TSA does not search for drugs
Transportation Security Administration Officers are required to report suspected law violations to local, state, or federal authorities, but they are not looking for illegal drugs during an examination.
“TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other illegal drugs, but if any illegal substance is discovered during a security check, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer,” the site states. .
The TSA said their dogs don’t inhale marijuana either. However, in Instagram post They reiterated that if a substance that appears to be marijuana or a cannabis-infused product is found during the inspection, law enforcement will be notified, even if it was used for medical purposes.
Traveling internationally with cannabis products
There are no specific guidelines for traveling with cannabis products internationally, but if the product is illegal in a country, traveling with it can have consequences.
For example, cannabis is legal for adults in Canada, however Government website for travel and tourism It states that it is illegal to transport these products across the Canadian border regardless of the amount of cannabis and medical licenses.
This applies even if the person is traveling to or from a place where cannabis has been decriminalized, according to the site. Consequences of traveling with cannabis products include being denied entry into a country.
The Government of Canada website states, “You may be refused entry to your destination country if you have previously used cannabis or any substance prohibited by local laws.” You may also be denied entry to other countries in the future.
Two women have been arrested in recent years on similar grounds in Russia
In Russia, marijuana is illegal for both recreational and medical purposes.
An Israeli-American was arrested at Moscow airport in April 2019 while she was traveling from India to Israel and nine grams of marijuana were found in her bag. BBC News reported.
Naama Issachar, 26, was sentenced to more than seven years in prison for drug trafficking. The BBC reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin pardoned her in January 2020 prior to then-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Moscow.
Similarly, a New York-based film student was charged with drug possession in St. Petersburg for allegedly transporting medical marijuana into the country, Moscow Times Reported in September 2019.
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CBS News reported Audrey Lorber was arrested when she arrived in St. Petersburg for vacation and authorities found about 19 grams of marijuana on her. She said the drug was for medical reasons and showed the prescription but police said it was not valid in Russia, CBS reported.
Lorber has served more than a month in prison. A St. Petersburg court fined her 15,000 rubles, or $230, after she was found guilty.
This article originally appeared in the Arizona Republic: What do you know about traveling with marijuana after Brittney Grenier’s arrest?