Profiles in Cannabis: Mark Stepnoski

  • by Russ Belville, NORML Outreach Coordinator September 11, 2009

    Mark StepnoskiNORML is proud to confirm that Mark Stepnoski
    will be speaking at the 2009 NORML National Conference in San Francisco, CA.

    Mr. Stepnoski is a decorated pro athlete. Mark played for thirteen years in the National Football League, during which he won two Super Bowl rings (with the Dallas Cowboys) and was nominated for the Pro Bowl on five occasions. Mark was also named second team center on the NFL ‘All-Decade team’ for the 1990s.

    Since retiring from pro football in 2001, Mark has dedicated much of his energy to reforming America’s antiquated and draconian marijuana laws. He is a former President of Texas NORML and presently serves on NORML’s national advisory board. "I took great pride in my performance on and off the field, and often questioned why our culture embraces alcohol while simultaneously stigmatizing those who choose to consume a less harmful alternative, marijuana," he says. "[It] is inconsistent, both legally and socially, for our laws to punish adults who make the ‘safer’ choice."

    Mark will be leading an all-star panel discussion at this year’s conference pertaining to the use of cannabis among top athletes. "Since I was a kid, I wanted to play in the NFL," says Mark. "Even though I occasionally used marijuana, it never prevented me from attaining my goals."

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

    More about Mark Stepnoski:

    New York Daily News: Smoking Is NORML

    Reason.com: Lineman for Liberty — Former Cowboys center Mark Stepnoski tackles prohibition

    Valley Advocate: Tokers Got Game

    19 responses to “Profiles in Cannabis: Mark Stepnoski”

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    2. Anonymous says:

      Hell yeah more famous people :)…I hope the media catches this one, at least cnn?

    3. General-Jake says:

      Alrite more voices of reason for our corrupt for-profit government to ignore! Yay maybe when the pedophiles and murderers are roaming free and theyve locked up every last T-shirt and jeans wearing menace to society theyll be able to breath a sigh of relief knowing America is safe for another day.

    4. 420 Everyday says:

      Yep its comming ,or its already here n we the pple dont know it yet

    5. Mike Stroup says:

      I profoundly respect Mr. Stepnoski’s courage in the face of the current government that violates God’s will for people to live in freedom with liberty as acknowledged and cited in the Constitution of the United States. He is an American patriot of the highest order who should be joined by all concerned with finally ending this nation’s massively failed drug policy, the most evil, destructive social institution in America since slavery. Cannabis should be re-legalized immediately in the interests of freedom, liberty and domestic harmony.

    6. Alcoholic beverages = thousands of calories virtually making it hard or difficult to be an athletic .

      Marijuana = NO calories

      Go figure –

    7. Chrokee Fred Jesus says:

      Thank you sir for your help. It is getting worse we had road blocks labor day weekend. Many more were arrested and enslaved by the for profit war on us.


    8. Phil E. Drifter says:

      Right on, Mark!

      Yes we cannabis!

      war on some drugs minorities

    9. The Oracle says:

      Nice, I can only make it in the summer. Also, here is the latest on the Dutch wanting to change their coffeeshop rules as to whether or not to allow foreigners in.

      These links will take you to the channels.nl coffeeshop board where you can read the latest from none other than Nol, owner of 3 coffeeshops in Haarlem.


      and to a Dutch newspaper article in AD Nieuws