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Pride Vet Enson Inoue Busted For Weed


(Possession with intent to get groovy.)

First EliteXC shuts down and now this. Former Pride fighter and MMA veteran Enson Inoue was popped for marijuana possession in Tokyo this past weekend. The forty-one-year-old fighter was nailed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police, and he admitted to getting the weed from an acquaintance and “inhaling three or four times in a month“:

According to reports at both Mainichi Daily News and Nikkan Sports, a policeman busted Inoue at 3 PM JST on the 18th (Saturday) at a coin-parking machine in (Ikebukuro) Toshima city (Tokyo). During a car inspection, the policeman discovered marijuana cigarettes (up to 16.9 grams of marijuana) in the car’s sunroof, door compartment, and pocket(s) of Inoue’s clothing.

Damn, Enson. In the sunroof? Really?

As you may or may not know, marijuana laws in Japan are pretty strict, as an unfortunate Russian sumo wrestler found out earlier this year, so this could go badly for Inoue. 16.9 grams is enough to get you in hot water lots of places, but especially in a country that’s been coming down hard on pot-smoking pro athletes lately. Ironic, considering it’s known to MMA fans as the home of rampant steroid use.

Best of luck, Enson. In trying times like these, who can blame a man for keeping a marijuana cigarette in his sunroof?

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sariban- October 21, 2008 at 10:32 am
haha, i live in Osaka and I can tell you, Japan is not the place to smoke weed. There is a zero tolerance rule and you can face about 5 years in prison. The fun thing about Japans legal system is that they convict about 99 percent of people accused of a crime. Sorry Enson, but you gotta leave that shit for Hawaii.
Canucklehead- October 20, 2008 at 9:24 pm
@ewewewew, Joe Rogan does not approve of your message. I actually heard him in an interview with Adam Carola the other day stating that he firmly believes that pot is a performance enhancer, particularly with Jujitsu, but with other sports as well (NBA etc.). He talked about being more focused on the match, your opponent etc. Naturally I was curious, so I smoked before my next hockey game. You know what, he might be on to something. I felt like I was seeing the game a little better, reading plays, making passes I wouldn't normally make. Now if I can just figure out how to remember which side of the ice to line up on after the whistle goes, I'd feel a smidge better about it for next time.

I wonder how Rogan would explain Japan's prohibition of weed? Just an extension of the hemp issue from the states, or do they have their own sketchy reasons for outlawing marijuana cigarettes.
Dewey- October 20, 2008 at 6:31 pm
That's some tough ish.
dave- October 20, 2008 at 5:40 pm
The sunroof is actually the ideal place to put it. Here is why. If a dog is circling your car on the ground, high and in the middle is the furthest you can keep it from the dog.

In related news, Joe Rogan has turned down a $3 Trillion offer to call the next DREAM event from Japan.
ewewewewew- October 20, 2008 at 5:31 pm
weed has no positive effects on an athletes performance noway no how, although it has no negative effect either so why does it even matter if athletes smoke it fuck the dum shit and for japans laws you guys sucks little asian peter
TUF Guy- October 20, 2008 at 4:08 pm
That's crap. The world will be a better place once the police concentrate on catching criminals.
C-Bus Allstar- October 20, 2008 at 3:43 pm
I have to admit, 5 years for a 3rd of a gram of pot is pretty ridiculous. I can't imagine what the penalty for 16 grams is.. funny, in Ohio, you can carry up to 99 grams on your person, and the most the cops can do is conviscate it, and give you a ticket. Of course, if you have papers, a pipe, or any other means of actually smoking the pot, they can send you to jail for like 6 months..
James- October 20, 2008 at 3:39 pm
Fuck Japan, legalize it!
sirsmokealot- October 20, 2008 at 3:33 pm
holy crap! i will never go to japan. they must be crazy, imprisoning people for smoking weed.
best of luck to everybody who gets busted for weed. acab
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