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Legalize It
By Corbin Hicks • Issue #243 • View online
{{first_name}}, all I ask for is consistency.
I’ve spoken before about Brittney Griner’s current detainment in Russia. Well, it seems that her days of being wrongfully detained are nearing their conclusion as the governments of the United States and Russia are negotiating a prisoner swap. This might be the biggest sports-related trade of August even though MLB players Juan Soto and Shohei Ohtani might find new teams before the trade deadline.
The United States government is proposing a swap of Griner and Paul Whelan, also wrongfully detained in Russia, in exchange for Viktor Bout. Bout is a convicted arms dealer and has been in Illinois since 2012, while Whelan has been convicted of espionage and has been in Russia since 2018. If the swap arrangement is agreed to by both countries, Griner and Whelan would be free to return to the United States. Griner should 100% try to return to this country, despite what LeBron James says. Yes, Griner’s combination of being Black, a woman, and a lesbian makes her relationship with the United States quite complicated, but the only scenario that makes sense is for her to return to her wife and family here in the states.
I’m in favor of Griner being released by any means necessary, especially considering that marijuana possession is legal in her home state. I’m also willing to look past the fact that she’s been included in a swap deal with spies and arms dealers. But if we’re going to acknowledge that Griner is worthy of a prisoner swap and being released, how much longer are we going to keep other people in prison with marijuana convictions? As more and more states move to decriminalize and legalize marijuana, no one has been pardoned or released from previous convictions. It’s like the country decided that weed wasn’t evil anymore but forgot to tell anyone that they could go home. This is eerily reminiscent of how slaves remained in bondage for decades after actually being freed, but I digress.
I need everyone in our government to come up with one set of rules that we all consistently follow. Is marijuana bad? If you think it’s not worthy of arrest, can we decriminalize it for the entire country? And if it’s no longer worthy of being a crime, can we let everyone out of prison? And if we agree they should have not been imprisoned, can we have their records expunged? Also, I think they are entitled to some type of financial compensation for the years that they were wrongfully detained. Can we do what we’re doing for Brittney Griner for everyone else sitting in a prison cell?
{{first_name}}, all I ask for is consistency.
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