Check out his interview here first!
Rick Doblin, is an ordinary guy with an extraordinary vision. He started off with an idea, he dropped out of school for ten years where he spent his time tripping and figuring out his life. Then he enrolled back into school and with the help of networking and meeting certain people, he ended up finishing his dream: being the founder of MAPS.
I didn’t want to be a criminal. I didn’t want to be underground. I wanted to be a mainstream, normal kinda guy who just happened to be interested in psychedelics.
This is my favorite quote from his interview:
At the same time, I had graduated finally in ’87, and I had planned to go get a clinical psych Ph.D. to learn to do psychotherapy outcome research with MDMA. I almost got into several pretty great clinical psych Ph.D. programs, but in the end nobody wanted to let me in. That was 1998. Then I was like, what am I going to do with my life? So I went home and smoked a joint.