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Monday, February 09, 2009
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Zach Lowe of the American Law Daily has a weekly sports law column that is definitely worth checking out -- this week he discusses the growing marijuana epidemic in Japan's sumo wrestling ranks, among other topics. Here's his take on pot-loving sumo wrestlers:

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By now, you've surely heard about Michael Phelps's marijuana use and all the sponsorship money it's going to cost him. What you may have missed is the growing marijuana epidemic in Japan's sumo wrestling ranks.

The sport's governing body recently banned four wrestlers for life after they tested positive for marijuana, according to this AP story. Some fans are apparently upset that one of the expelled wrestlers may get severance pay. Apparently, Japanese sports enthusiasts have less tolerance for athletes who fail drug tests than we do over here, where pro basketball and football players get a few chances to clean up their acts before full-on expulsion.

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Be sure to check out the rest.


Japan's culture is fairly intolerant of Marijuana usage. It is quite the crime to be caught with it.

It isn't surprising that Americans are more tolerant of it since Marijuana is, frankly, quite accepted over here. It also isn't a performance enhancer which is what really pisses fans off here.

Blogger Gregg -- 2/10/2009 12:37 PM  

The photo you chose to use to accompany your blog shows a sumo wrestler who was not part of the scandal. In fact, he was not even mentioned in the article. Being one of a few non-Asians in sumo, he is quite easily identifiable. So your use of his photo unfairly taints his reputation by associating him with the article.

Blogger cjsamms -- 2/14/2009 11:49 PM  

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