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The MAPS founder, who will speak at psychedelic conference Wonderland Miami next month, predicts clinics that administer the medicines will become licensing bodies for personal use.
Psychedelics will be legal for recreational use by 2035, providing you have a license to trip — according to Dr. Rick Doblin, at least.
The founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a non-profit organization that has been leading the charge into a psychedelic-infused world since 1986, shared his vision for the future in a fascinating GQ interview published this week.
“I think what’s going to happen is that it will take 10 years for the culture to really move to the point where we’re ready for a licensed legalization. That will be 2035,” said the psychologist.
Wait. Like, a driver’s license?
“Yeah. But not just for psychedelics. It’ll be for alcohol, and for other things,” he clarified, but also caveats in the next breath, “Maybe it’ll be looser than that. Maybe it’s just legal.”
He makes the case for such a license citing alcohol — a drug he hasn’t touched since his first and only unpleasant experience in college — as a substance that can be very enjoyable for those consuming responsibly, and as we know very well, potentially destructive if consumed irresponsibly.
“But I think we don’t regulate alcohol tightly enough, maybe,” he continued. “I don’t think we should block people from …