The Haymaker is Leafly Senior Editor Bruce Barcott’s opinion column on cannabis politics and culture.

Earlier today ESPN reported that the Biden Administration has officially designated WNBA All-Star Brittney Griner as an American citizen “wrongfully detained” by Russian authorities.


That action is important because it could lead to Griner’s eventual release in a prisoner swap similar to the one that brought home former U.S. Marine Trevor Reed last week.

This is excellent news for Griner, her loved ones, and her supporters—of which I am one.

But forgive me if this move also leaves me appalled and outraged.

What’s going on here?

ESPN reporter T.J. Quinn, who has been diligently working the Griner story, coaxed this

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