Elon Musk says US should 'free some people in jail for weed here too' after Biden, reports say, offered to swap a Russian arms dealer for imprisoned WNBA star Brittney Griner

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Brittney Griner in a Russian jail cell (left) stitched next to Elon Musk (right)
Brittney Griner in a Russian jail cell, left, and Elon Musk.Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool/AFP via Getty Images; Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images
  • Elon Musk responded to reports of a US-Russia prisoner exchange to free WNBA player Brittney Griner.

  • "Maybe free some people in jail for weed here too?" Musk tweeted alongside a meme on Sunday.

  • Griner was jailed after officials said they found vape cartridges with hashish oil in her luggage.

Elon Musk tweeted on Sunday in response to a US-Russia prisoner exchange offer that, reports say, is being made by the Biden administration to free the WNBA star Brittney Griner.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist has been detained in Russia since February after Moscow airport officials said they found vape cartridges containing hashish oil in her luggage.

"Maybe free some people in jail for weed here too?" Musk wrote in Sunday's tweet, alongside a meme captioned, "People in the US in jail for weed while the government trades a Russian war criminal to free a woman's basketball player in jail for weed."

The Biden administration offered to release Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer known as the "merchant of death," in exchange for Griner and Paul Whelan, a former Marine accused of espionage, The New York Times and CNN reported last week.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken acknowledged last Wednesday that the US made a "substantial proposal" to get the pair of Americans released, but he didn't confirm whether Bout was offered up in the negotiations. No deal between Russia and the US has been finalized yet, Reuters reported on Thursday.

Sunday's tweet isn't the first time Musk has criticized the US justice systems' persecution of marijuana-related crimes.

"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," the Tesla CEO tweeted in 2020.

Two years before, Musk was filmed smoking marijuana during a live interview on the "Joe Rogan Experience" podcast weeks after telling The New York Times that "weed is not helpful for productivity."

"There's a reason for the word 'stoned,'" he told the outlet. "You just sit there like a stone on weed."

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