Elon Musk questioned President Joe Biden’s ongoing effort to get WNBA star Brittney Griner released from a Russian jail while thousands are jailed in the US for the same crime.
Griner was sentenced to nine years in Russia for cannabis possession, and Musk noted that others incarcerated on American soil don’t get the same attention from the White House.
“If the president is working so hard to free someone in prison in Russia for weed, shouldn’t we free the people of America?” the Tesla CEO asked on an episode of the Full Send podcast this week.
“There are people in America who are in prison for the same things. Shouldn’t we free them too? My opinion is that people should not go to prison for nonviolent drug offenses.”
Biden said Friday his administration is “working hard” and is “hopeful” to get Griner back into negotiations with Russia. His government has considered the possibility of swapping out Griner for the notorious arms dealer Viktor Grout – also known as the “Dealer of Death”.
Possession of marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, fully legal for recreational use in 19 states, and decriminalized in 18 others.
Griner pleaded guilty to possession of a small amount of cannabis oil last month when she was arrested at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport in February. She was convicted of cannabis possession and drug smuggling and fined about $16,200 in addition to her nine-year sentence.
According to an ACLU report, there were nearly 700,000 marijuana-related arrests in 2018 — last year’s data is available. That accounts for 43.2% of all drug arrests, significantly more arrests than any other drug — and more than all violent crimes combined, according to the report.
Musk claimed not to be a regular marijuana user himself, and said he thinks marijuana is “not that good for productivity.”
But the world’s richest person also recently said that he and employees at his space exploration company SpaceX had to conduct a full year of federal drug testing following a viral appearance by Musk on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast in 2018.
He said on Full Send that he needed to prove to the government that he wasn’t an addict after taking “a hit” four years ago during his interview with Rogan, which was filmed in California, where marijuana was legal at the time.
“I got a lot of backlash because it’s still illegal federally,” he said.
“SpaceX has contracts with the federal government, so our competitors were like, ‘Why aren’t you doing something? Look at him smoking weed outrageously on Joe Rogan’s podcast,” Musk said.
The bombastic move briefly sent Tesla shares into a spiral, falling as much as 9%. The precipitous fall in stocks prompted Musk to reassure investors that he was not an addict, he said.
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