The American professor explained that cannabis had been prescribed to him by a doctor

Marc Fogel, an American professor, was sentenced this Saturday to 14 years in prison for smuggling cannabis into Russia. The man was charged with large-scale smuggling after he was caught at the airport with 17 grams of cannabis, which is already legal in many parts of the US but remains a crime in Russia.

Fogel, 60, is a former US embassy employee who remained in Moscow as a professor. He explained that cannabis had been prescribed to him by a doctor after a spinal operation and that he did not remember the ban still in force in Russia.

The court was not convinced and decided to sentence the American to 14 years in prison in a high-security penal colony.

At this time in Russia, basketball player Brittney Griner awaits trial for the same crime, who in February was arrested at the airport for transporting cannabis oil.

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