Brittney Griner’s lawyers say she was prescribed medical cannabis for a sports-related chronic pain.
The WNBA star was arrested in Russia after going through airport security and officials said they found vape cartridges in her luggage.
Since February, the athlete has been detained in the country. Earlier in the month, Grinner pleaded guilty to possessing vape cartridges that contained cannabis oil – which is illegal in Russia.
The charges can carry a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
Ahead of her trial, Griner’s legal team has offered evidence to try and get a shorter sentence.
As reported by CNN, the athlete’s team submitted a letter from a medical centre that had authorized Griner use medical cannabis to treat chronic pain.
The team also submitted test results from 2018 that confirmed the “severe chronic pain”.
The athletes’ attorney Alexander Boykov said:
“Yesterday was quite an emotional day for [Griner],”
“She saw her general manager, her friend and teammate Evgeniya Belyakova for the first time in many months,”
“And now she just wants to take a rest.”
Her trial will begin July 26.