Smoke a Joint, Get Your Boss Fired

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Yikes, it looks like marijuana hysteria in Japan has nearly ruined the sport of sumo wrestling:

Kitanoumi Toshimitsu, head of the Japan Sumo Association and former sumo star of the 1970s, stepped down after two wrestlers were accused of smoking marijuana only weeks after a third was sacked for possession of the same drug. [Telegraph]

I’ve never understood why anyone cares if athletes use marijuana. If you’re concerned about the message it sends, then tell ‘em you won’t test for it as long as they stay off the cover of High Times. Why create opportunities for your athletes to embarrass you? Just don’t test them; it’s that easy. And if they get caught with it, just be glad it wasn’t crack.

Yet in Japan, pot is apparently such a big frickin’ deal that the head of the whole Sumo organization has resigned in shame because a couple wrestlers got stoned. If only the Drug Czar would resign in shame the next time a cop gets high.
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It ain`t about shame. It`s about Politics , Pride and Arrogance. A match made in Hell.

It's about the munchies

Isn't the point here that in sumo wrestling--and no other sport--marijuana confers an advantage by increasing your appetite? I'm not saying it should be banned necessarily, but in this case I can see why it would be a concern to sumo authorities.

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