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On April 17, 2017, over 900 people from around the world joined the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) for a benefit banquet and celebration on April 17, 2016, at the magnificent Scottish Rite Center in Oakland, California, to celebrate three decades of advancements in psychedelic research and therapy.

At this historic gathering, we brought together key figures in the community to celebrate the progress we've made since MAPS' founding in 1986, helping build the future of psychedelic medicine with a fundraiser to support MAPS’ $400,000 purchase of 1 kilogram of MDMA for Phase 3 clinical trials to make MDMA-assisted psychotherapy a legal prescription treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The Banquet included an exquisite buffet dinner, live music from Cello Joe, a keynote address from MAPS Founder Rick Doblin, Ph.D., plus commemorative toasts from MAPS Public Benefit Corporation Executive Director Amy Emerson, MDMA researcher Michael Mithoefer, M.D., study participants Hania Withem, John Saul, and Nigel McCourry (USMC-Ret.), visionary artists Alex Grey and Allyson Grey, MAPS donor Moshe Tov Kreps, Onnit CEO Aubrey Marcus, and Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps CEO David Bronner.

The Celebration began after dinner with an address from Rick Doblin, Ph.D., and continued into the night with a multimedia performance by internationally renowned artist Android Jones and PHADROID, a performance of The Hidden Code by DJ Spooky, and:

The Celebration ended with a special guest performance by electronic music pioneer Ken Jordan of The Crystal Method, with live projections by Android Jones.

A visionary art gallery hosted by Phaneros Gallery featured artwork from:

  • Alex Grey and Allyson Grey
  • Martina Hoffmann
  • Robert Venosa
  • Android Jones
  • Michael Divine
  • Jonathan Solter
  • Seth McMahon
  • Chor Boogie

A silent auction featuring rare artifacts from the psychedelic community, including signed glassware from Sasha Shulgin's lab, also benefited MAPS' work.


About the Event

WHAT: MAPS 30th Anniversary Benefit Banquet and Celebration

WHEN: Sunday, April 17, 2016

WHERE: Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, CA 94612 (map)


Banquet and Celebration / $300

Celebration / $50

Student/Senior (65+), Celebration only / $35

Reserve a Table (eight tickets) / $2,000

All donations and ticket sales support MAPS' work to make psychedelic therapy a legal treatment.


Doors open for dinner 5:00pm / General Admission at 8:00pm / More information to be announced soon

Hotels and Travel

Americas Best Value Inn – Just a half mile from the venue, along the Lake Merritt waterfront.
Oakland Marriott City Center – The location of the upcoming (and previous) Psychedelic Science Conference. ~1 mile from the venue.
A variety of AirBnB rentals are also available in the vicinity.

Parking at the venue is limited. Street parking and a number of parking garages are in the vicinity. Be mindful of early closures.

The Oakland airport is approximately 10 miles from the venue and commute times may be impacted by traffic.
The nearest Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) stop is located at Lake Merritt Station on Madison Street, about a 1/2 mile from the venue.


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PHONE: (831) 429-MDMA [6362]

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Rick Doblin, Ph.D., is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). He received his doctorate in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where he wrote his dissertation on the regulation of the medical uses of psychedelics and marijuana. His professional goal is to develop legal contexts for the beneficial uses of psychedelics and marijuana, primarily as prescription medicines and also for personal growth for otherwise healthy people, and eventually to become a legally licensed psychedelic therapist. He founded MAPS in 1986, and currently resides in Boston with his wife and one of three children (with two in college).

MAPS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization developing scientific, medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics and marijuana. Founded in 1986, MAPS has disbursed over $26 million - nearly all donated by individuals and family foundations - to psychedelic and medical marijuana research, education, and harm reduction.

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