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Brian Normand | CoFounder

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Brian is a CoFounder of Psymposia. He’s also the site’s primary designer and architect.

After discovering a love for plants he educated himself in indoor cannabis growing and outdoor gardens. From 2008-2012 he was a peaceful clandestine grower in Massachusetts. By 2012 the grow attracted the attention of the police with the help of anonymous tipster. He was raided, arrested, and charged with cultivation of cannabis and psilocybin mushrooms which resulted in complete asset forfeiture. In 2013 the state agreed to drop all charges in exchange for the money.

With this experience, and after losing his mother to suicide from depression, Brian was inspired to build a platform that empowers others to speak out about ending the War on Drugs and reforming mental health care through legal psychedelic therapy.

In 2013 he met Psymposia cofounder Brett Greene at the Horizons Perspectives conference in New York City. Four months later Psymposia was born. In 2016 Brian moved to Baltimore with Psymposia Expansion Director Mike Margolies to take the group to the next level.

In short time, Psymposia has become part think tank, part digital magazine, and part events productions, and one of the only groups in the world focused on developing emerging conversations about psychedelic science and drug policy reform. In 2017 Psymposia was invited as a major sponsor of MAPS’ Psychedelic Science 2017, organized the Psymposia Stage, and was attended by several thousand people. Psymposia has now established a global presence and reaches people in over 200 countries.

Brian was born in Fall River, Massachusetts in 1984, and is the 3rd generation of Portuguese and French immigrants. He has a Bachelor of Science in Plant, Soil, and Insect Sciences and Sustainable Horticulture for the University of Massachusetts, Magna Cum Laude. He also has a love for ethnobotany and teaching children and young people about plants.


Mike Margolies | Expansion Director

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Mike is Expansion Director and all-around networker. Mike used to be a good model citizen until he went to the Amazon and dropped out of Corporate America. Mike has a BS from the University of Maryland in Chemical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude.


Brett Greene | CoFounder

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Brett is a CoFounder of Psymposia and advisor. He’s always thinking of ways to spread the word about the positive benefits of psychedelics and ending the damage caused by the drug war. Brett graduated with a BA in English from University of Massachusetts Boston.