Profiles in Cannabis: Mark Stepnoski

NORML 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:

More about Mark Stepnoski:

New York Daily News: Smoking Is NORML Lineman for Liberty — Former Cowboys center Mark Stepnoski tackles prohibition

Valley Advocate: Tokers Got Game

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 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

  5. The truth Doctor Says:
    September 11th, 2009 at 2:22 pm
    Alcoholic beverages = thousands of calories virtually making it hard or difficult to be an athletic .
    Marijuana = NO calories
    Go figure

    Indeed. The only legal drugs kill you slowly (tobacco) or make you fat, stupid, and uncoordinated/easy to handle/taze by police. Just possession of anything else gets you thrown in prison. They don’t want you THINKING they want you DRINKING.

  6. At least other countries have compassion and reason deailing with their citizens….
    Cherokee Fred Jesus
    BOGOTA – Colombia’s Supreme Court ruled that possession of illegal drugs for personal use is not a criminal offense, citing a 1994 decision by the country’s Constitutional Court, Caracol Radio said Wednesday.
    Drug consumption “generates in a person problems of addiction and slavery that turn one into a sick, compulsive individual deserving of therapeutic medical treatment instead of a punishment,” the judges said.
    Their ruling came in a case involving a man prosecuted for possession of 1.3 grams (.04 ounces) of cocaine. The court overturned his conviction and ordered him immediately released.
    “In the exercise of his personal and private rights, the accused did not harm others,” so his conduct “cannot be the object of any punishment,” the Supreme Court found.

  7. Hey Mark
    Don’t forget about your peeps in PA we have the Medical MJ bill coming up soon
    I had no idea you were a legalization advocate
    could use some help here not much talk in your hometown going on

  8. Stepnoski one of my childhood heroes is also with the 9/11 truth movement. Maybe marijuana stops corporate media mind control, kinda makes you wonder if this is the real reason the dope is still “illegal.” Under common law marijuana use is very “lawfull.” We need to all become freemen under common law and refuse to deal with this insidious despotism that is hurting our prosperity and more importantly our freedom to do the things we love! The NWO knows everyone is growing tired of their shit and I believe the herb is helping everyone think and put the peices together. It’s time to revolt peacefully and to prepare for self defence of personal liberty! More to come, google “freeman on the land” for more information.

  9. I almost can’t stand coming to this website anymore. It kills a little bit inside knowing its years to my entire lifetime away until I can smoke legaly. I quit after college knowing its the only way I could keep a job. I would like to relax on a friday night much like so many americans but instead of alcohol I would love just one or two puffs. In the job I have now, I can drink until im retarded and not lose my job but a few hits and an unlucky “random” test and im done. I suppose I can look forward to retirement in 35 years. I am jealous of anyone who can have a a respected job and still smoke occasionally.

  10. I am proud to have Mark affiliated with our organization. We appreciate the effort, courage and dedication of his time.

  11. This is what I want to know when are “we” going to stand up and stop this foolishness with the incarceration of marijuana users who use this drug for mental and physical ailments from those who claim it is morally wrong to smoke but it is now legal for gays to marry? WTF? If we lose this fight it will be of no ones fault but our own! We are no less strong than the pro life crowd the only difference is they fight for what matters to them and they fund their organization through donations and we need to now start taking a page from their playbook! Has everyone sent in their five dollars for this month to NORML? If we all sent five dollars a month each month our mother (NORML) will generate thousands of dollars each month and we all know money talks and BS just does not move! We could blog all night and talk about it but it is now time for action not from our opposition but from us! But it does not end with just donations we must all get actively involved and notify each other when we know of a politician who does not support our cause and I think we should start a list because people we are strong and we are powerful and if they do not want to support us then we will make sure that our people do not support them and our supporters will get the word out to their families and friends not to support this candidate. No more I tell you! No more of our brothers and sisters or someone dying who sent a family member out to obtain Marijuana going to jail for possession or our young people who are being denied education assistance because they smoked weed instead of drinking! NO MORE! Now are we in it or are we going to just sit and talk about it? This NORML conference this year is going to be the most important conference ever and all of us while sending our five dollars a month in and looking out for dirty politicians who somehow thinks are votes does not count and notifying all members of NORML of these self rightous hypocrites we ALL must support this conference and NORML is giving those of us who could not attend access in via the web and I for one am so excited that you would think I was going. IT IS OUR TIME!

  12. #15 Luke: Your right, it is hard to come to pro marijuana sites when one can’t smoke. But that’s why we’re doing this. I can’t smoke and I crave it so badly. And need it badly for physical issues.
    Hang in there.
    Thank you Mark for your contribution to this insane war on people.

  13. THE CRIMINAL CHARGE: Mr. Harry J. Anslinger, an agent for the Federal Government, did willfully and wantonly committed Fraud and Constructive Fraud, of which Mr. Anslinger perpetrated upon the United States people as a whole and their United States Congress for the sole purpose “ to impair or injure public interest” in the cannabis plant as a traditional medicine or as a valuable agricultural crop.
    Fraud: as defined by Black’s Law Dictionary, “An intentional perversion of the truth for the purpose of inducing another in reliance upon it to part with some valuable thing belonging to him or to surrender a legal right; a false representation of a matter of fact, whether by words or by conduct, by false or misleading allegations, or by concealment of that which should have been disclosed, which deceives and is intended to deceive another so that he shall act upon it to his legal injury.”
    Constructive Fraud: as defined by Bovier’s Law Dictionary – 1856 Edition which states, “Constructive fraud: A contract or act, which, not originating in evil design and contrivance to perpetuate a positive fraud or injury upon other persons, yet, by its necessary tendency to deceive or mislead them, or to violate a public or private confidence, or to impair or injure public interest, is deemed equally reprehensible with positive fraud, and therefore is prohibited by law, … ”
    Harrison Narcotics Act – 63rd US Congress 1914
    Marihuana Tax Act – 75th US Congress April 14, 1937, signed August 2, 1937
    The Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act – 91st US Congress October 27, 1970
    The Legislative Branch of the United States, sitting past & present, lacked / lacks the constitutional privilege or right granted to Congress by the United States Constitution in which to abrogate the natural inalienable rights secured by the people unless the U.S. Legislative branch has reviewed valid evidence, held fair, impartial, and publicly transparent hearings which showed, or shows, that our nation’s health and or welfare would be, or is, negatively effected should the United States peoples’ continue to execute their natural inalienable right of access to the cannabis plant can it be outlawed. Absent of these reasonable conditions Congress can not, may not use it’s privilege or right of abrogation of Constitutional Rights secured by the people.
    It is only upon the reasonable presentation of scientific evidence which presents a valid social claim, and or an individual claim of harm that negatively impacts upon the whole, or part of, the Nation’s people does Congress have the responsibility to secure the nation’s health and welfare by use of it’s congressional privilege or right of abrogations by due process to secure said health and welfare of the Nation. But no U.S. Legislative body, past or present, has the congressional privilege or right to abrogate the natural inalienable rights secured in the United States people based on distortions, fanciful conjecture, and intentionally misleading medical and legal information. No where in the people’s founding contact adopted by the people and sworn to by this elected government does it allow deception, criminal and civil fraud, intentional misinformation, purposely tainted testimony, and the denial of any expert testimonies as bases for granting any elected and sworn U.S. Legislative body present or past with the misuse of it’s privilege or right of abrogation which allows the outlawing of the inalienable rights of the peoples’ of these United States without proper due process of law.
    Therefore the foundation laid in Congress to abrogate the natural inalienable rights of the people lacked any real evident that the cannabis plant is or was, ever a safety issue which negatively impacted the health and welfare of the American Society, in part or as a whole. Furthermore, the U.S. Congress did not, can not, and still does not have the privilege or right granted in the United States Constitution to write any such legislation that would abrogate the American people from their natural inalienable rights to use the cannabis planet for reason of traditional medicine, or as a traditional food supplement, as an alternative fuel source, for the making of clothing, used as a replacement for wood, used in the making of traditional paper, and or for the peoples’ ancient spiritual, religious, or cultural practices of which is clearly protected for all time sake by our founding fathers’ constitutional preamble and the first ten amendments of the United States Constitution.
    Hence, the United States Legislative actions known as the Harrison Narcotics Act of the 63rd legislative session, the Marihuana Tax Act of the 75th legislative session, and the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of the 91st legislative session and all those sub-action therein, which abrogate the natural inalienable rights of the people to have unfettered access to the cannabis plant is built upon a fraudulent act and therefore unconstitutional because these legislative foundations are based on fanciful propaganda which lacks any real legal scientific evident that demonstrates any negative impact on society by the use of the cannabis plant. The three legislative action listed above do adversely effect the safety and welfare of the America. These fraudulent acts of congress continue to harm the nation and drain the people of their valuable resources. Most importantly these acts have eroded the relationship between all three branches of government and the people they are suppose to represent.
    Our Federal Congresses in the above named sessions have acted upon the U.S. constitutional provision involving the American peoples’ natural inalienable rights and have unlawfully abrogated those natural unalienable given rights of the United States people based solely on questionable congressional witness testimonies, a bombardment of fraudulent media presentations, and grossly misquoted medical and legal data, of which is still pervasive today in the minds of the American people. There is however an overwhelming, and ever growing mound of world-wide scientific data that demonstrate to the contrary the fraudulent education material perpetrated upon our society as well as the 63rd, 75th, and 91st United States Congresses. Our U.S. Congress therefore lacked then and still lacks now it’s constitutional privilege or right to abrogate the cannabis plant from the American people. All legislation, status, and laws written and enacted from these fraudulent act of intentional misguided legislation should be ruled by the Supreme Court in the land as null and void because they are repugnant to the foundation of the United States Constitution.
    “ The Constitution is a written instrument, as such, its meaning does not alter. That which it meant when it was adopted, it means now.” South Carolina v. United States, 199 U.S. 437, 448 (1905)
    “To disregard such a deliberate choice of words and their natural meaning, would be a departure from the first principle of constitutional interpretation.” “Every word must have its due force and appropriate meaning; for it is evident from the whole instrument, that, no word was unnecessarily used, or needlessly added.” Chief Justice Taney in Holmes v. Jennison, 14 U.S. 540, 570-1
    “ Every word appears to have been weighted with the utmost deliberation and its effect to have been fully understood.” Wright v. United States, 302 U.S. 583 (1938)
    “All laws which are repugnant to the constitution are null and void.” Chief Justice Marshall in Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. 137, 174, 176 (1803)
    “If the legislator clearly misinterprets a constitutional provision, the frequent repetition of the wrong will not create a right.” Amos v. Mosley, 74 Fla. 555; 77 So. 619. (Congress)
    “Where rights are secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rule making or legislation which would abrogate them.” Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436, 491.
    “When any court violates the clean and unambiguous language of the constitution, a fraud is perpetrated and no one is bound to obey it.” State v. Sutton Minn. 147, 65 NW 262, 30 L.R.A. 630 Am. St. 459)
    “The due process clause of the Fifth Amendment guarantees to each citizen the equal protection of the laws and prohibits a denial thereof by any federal official.” Bolling v. Sharpe, 327 U.S. 497
    . “Fraud vitiates the most solemn contracts, documents, and even judgments.” i.e. Documents, Constitutions, Court Decisions….. U.S. vs. Throckmorton, 98 U.S. 61

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