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Rick Doblin (born November 30, 1953) is the president and founder of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS).

He co-founded Earth Metabolic Design Laboratories in 1984 to support psychedelic research and Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) in 1986 with the goal of making MDMA (or Ecstasy) an FDA-approved medicine. He subsequently obtained a psychology degree from New College of Florida in 1987 and earned a doctorate in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in 2001. Doblin also has served on the board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws since 1996.

In the early 1980s, Doblin owned and operated a company called Abraxas Construction, located in the Sarasota, Florida area, which specialized in relocating houses.


  • Regulation of the Medical Use of Psychedelics and Marijuana [1]. A dissertation by Rick Doblin for his Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. June 2001.
  • Doblin, Richard and Kleiman, Mark A. R, "Marijuana as Antiemetic Medicine: A Survey of Oncologists' Experiences and Attitudes." Journal of Clinical Oncology. 1991; 9(7): pp. 1314-1319. [2]


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