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

Tomorrow marks WNBA All-Star Brittney Griner’s first full month of imprisonment in Russia. Sadly, it may not be her last month spent behind bars.

With every passing day the Russian invasion of Ukraine grows bloodier, US-Russian hostilities get nastier, and Griner’s path to freedom becomes more difficult to envision.

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Meanwhile, the American media’s coverage of Griner has begun to coalesce around a narrative of innocent entrapment. CNN recently headlined her arrest as “the most audacious hostage taking by a state imaginable.” The Washington Post quoted a former US ambassador to Poland who suggested the two-time Olympic champion “could have…

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