Brian Normand

CoFounder

Brian cofounded Psymposia with Brett Greene in 2014 while attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst as a way for students to openly talk about issues in psychedelic science and drug reform. He received a BS in Plant, Soil, and Insect Science with a focus in Plant Physiology and Business from Umass and graduated Magna Cum Laude.

After a Drug Task Force raid in 2012 for cultivating cannabis and psilocybin mushrooms he faced civil asset forfeiture and significant prison time. In 2013 he beat all charges. Along the way he gained firsthand knowledge of how corrupt the criminal justice system is.

Brian works on a daily basis with a network of writers and organizers who are focused on social justice in psychedelic therapy and drug policy reform.

He advocates for applying digital media towards drug education and policy awareness, and believes that open science and open access to psychedelic therapy must become a bigger priority in the community.

He’s critical of the current pop-medicalization approach to “mainstream psychedelics” within the existing social framework, and of drug reform efforts that fail to recognize the systemic human rights abuses in Mexico, Latin America, and around the world, by focusing only on consumers.

He’s organized numerous conferences, panels, talks, and storytelling events at universities and venues around the world. In 2014 he produced the first ever psychedelic science conference at Umass Amherst. In 2015 he produced Envisioning a Post Prohibition World, a 3-day conference for students that brought psychedelic science and drug reform together. In 2016 and 2017 he produced events with comedian Duncan Trussell to sold out audiences in New York City. In 2017 he also co-produced 3 days of programming at Psychedelic Science in California, and ESPD50 with Dennis McKenna in London. In 2018 he organized CryptoPsychedelic in Mexico.