Profiles in Cannabis: Rob Van Dam

  • by Russ Belville, NORML Outreach Coordinator September 5, 2009

    rvdNORML is proud to confirm that former World Wrestling Entertainment heavyweight champion Rob Van Dam will be speaking at the 2009 NORML National Conference in San Francisco, CA.

    Rob Van Dam has amazed audiences around the world with his athleticism and martial arts skills. Throughout his wrestling career, Rob Van Dam rarely hesitated to voice his affection for cannabis — even coining the popular catch-phrase, “4:20 means I just smoked your ass.” In 2006 he reached the pinnacle of his profession, winning the WWE world heavyweight championship.

    He was eventually stripped of the title later that year following his arrest for minor marijuana possession.  Since leaving pro wrestling he has appeared in numerous television shows and action films, as well as hosting his own online series RVD TV.  Rob Van Dam is open about his marijuana use and the need to reform America’s cannabis laws, frequently discussing the issue on his live radio show.

    “Our federal government prohibited this organic plant based on lies, continues to classify it among the most dangerous drugs to validate billions in funding pointless agendas, and denies it’s medical value, causing countless lives to suffer needlessly,” he says.  “How can anyone not care?”

    Rob will be participating an all-star panel discussion at this year’s conference pertaining to the use of cannabis among top athletes.  Says Rob: “How about we stop ignoring the fact that World Champion athletes who take their health extremely seriously sometimes choose to use marijuana? Why are we ignoring the message there?”

    RVD says, “Yes we cannabis” and so should you! Meet Rob and hundreds of other like-minded people at NORML’s 38th annual conference, taking place September 24-26 at the Grand Hyatt in downtown San Francisco. For registration information, please visit: http://www.norml.org/conference.

    More about Rob Van Dam:

    Watch Rob Van Dam discuss marijuana legalization on Geraldo at Large (Fox News)

    Listen to Rob Van Dam debate former Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey on MSNBC here

    Rob Van Dam in High Times magazine (March 1999)

    26 Responses to “Profiles in Cannabis: Rob Van Dam”

    1. […] that World Wrestling Entertainment heavyweight champ Rob Van Dam will be speaking at this year’s NORML convention in San Francisco, CA. Van Dam is well known for his high flying skills, in and out of the ring. He […]

    2. Mike Stroup says:

      God bless Rob for his free spirit and loving heart. To hell with prohibitionists were they all belong for violating God’s will as cited in the Constitution of the United States.

    3. […] It was announced today that World Wrestling Entertainment heavyweight champ Rob Van Dam will be speaking at this year’s NORML convention in San Francisco, CA. Van Dam is well known for his high flying skills, in and out of the ring. He […]

    4. Winder says:

      Rob is one of the few entertainers (but their numbers are growing!) who has the courage to speak out on this heretofore unmentionable issue. Cannabis helps people in pain. Any kind of pain, it seems. And so many other conditions, it would take me half an hour to look them up and type them in here.

      Mr. Van Dam is part of the solution; he’s encouraging patients and recreational users of a safer socially relaxing substance everywhere to stand up for their rights.

      Iowa! That’s progress. My sincere thanks go out to Rob Van Dam, and those like him with the fortitude to make it happen…Free Cannabis and Hemp from the evil repression they have suffered (and we along with these God-given plants) and the whole world can breathe a sigh of relief.

      Change, President Obama? It’s your move. Make us proud. Keep your word. Just do the right thing.
      Thank you in advance.

    5. chad v. says:

      he is an athlete.pro wrestlers are athletes.the outcomes are pre-determined, but so are some of your more”respectable” sporting events like it or not.it takes an incredible amount of athletic ability to do what they do in the ring.yes,i am a former indy wrestler and i become quite defensive when i hear someone say that what we/they do is not athletic.pro wrestlers are also pretty damn good”one take”actors.there is no stopping and starting over in front of a live crowd…back on point,RVD has big balls for staying true to being a big player in the fight to legalize.many thumbs up to him and everyone at NORML.

    6. Shawno420 says:

      Whoa Mike, you are not agreeing with me, I do not think it’s an insult at all, just a stretch. A wrestling match is extremely tiring and takes amazing athleticism(at least a good match like RVD had). I just think to be an athlete you need to compete in a sport, and wrestling isn’t a sport. Nothing against RVD or the feats he pulls off in the ring, he’s just not in the right profession to be billed a “World Champion athlete”.

      And WWE does harm to nobody except idiots who try to do it at home, and even that isn’t even that dangerous. I’ve had many hardcore matches with my friends and never had an injury more serious then a bloody nose. Only a moron doesn’t realize that wrestling is fake and it takes training for them to perform the moves without causing serious injury to themselves. That is the art of wrestling, making it look like you are hurting the other person when you aren’t. Anyone can punch someone in the face, try giving someone a powerbomb and them being able to stand right up and not be hurt.

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