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Former Democratic congresswoman and presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard has criticized Vice President Kamala Harris’ record in a marijuana trial after Harris convicted Russia’s jailing of WNBA star Britney Greiner for cannabis.
“Another note of hypocrisy coming from Kamala Harris and this administration is to remind you during her illustrious record as a California attorney general… you’ve held prisoners longer than their sentences for using them as free slaves but at the same time these same people condemn you,” Gabbard told Fox News host Will Kaine. Other countries would do exactly the same.”
A Russian court sentenced Grenier to 9 years in prison this week after he was caught with a cannabis pen at an airport near Moscow earlier this year.
The ruling drew widespread condemnation from US officials, including Harris, who said she was working to secure Greiner’s release.
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“With today’s sentencing, Russia continues its unlawful detention of Britney Greiner. She should be released immediately,” Harris wrote on Twitter on Thursday. “POTUS And I, and our entire department, work every day to reunite Britney, as well as Paul Whelan, with loved ones who miss each and every one of them so badly.”
Gabbard, who indicated that she also opposes Greiner’s ruling, said that “the thing that surprised me” about Harris’ tweet was that her administration did not express the same feelings about people accused of marijuana crimes domestically.
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“Where is your anger at your fellow Americans who are in prison today here in the USA for minor marijuana violations,” Gabbard said. “Why don’t you fight to bring them home and reunite them with their families as you would Britney Greiner.”
Gabbard added that she believes Harris is sending a message that the rich and powerful in the United States will be treated differently than ordinary Americans when it comes to prosecuting marijuana crimes.
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“Unfortunately, like a lot of politicians, she seems to put her finger in the wind and decide what things she’s supposed to get angry about on any given day, and if it becomes politically uncomfortable or harmful, she’ll change the other direction,” Gabbard said of Harris who is prosecuting marijuana offenders. As California State Attorney General.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.