We are living in interesting times, when the possibility for psychedelics to become part of our culture is becoming more and more tangible, resulting in the exciting challenge to figure out… how? How should the drug policy be reformed? On which principles can we now leverage to make that reform happen? How can the therapeutical and the ceremonial use be regulated? Can cannabis be the Trojan horse that can open the way to the legalization of other substances? Which steps have been made to legally protect the ceremonial use of ayahuasca and other plant medicines in the global north? What is the real situation of decriminalization of substance use in Portugal? Join this exciting discussion which will set the basis for a brave new psychedelic world.

Ben De Loenen founder of the International Center for Ethnobotanical Education, Research & Service (ICEERS) -, a charitable non-profit organisation with United Nations consultative status, where he serves as Executive Director. ICEERS is the organizer of the World Ayahuasca Conference ( - and runs the Ayahuasca Defense Fund ( Benjamin is the author of several publications and films, has presented at conferences around the world, and has participated in various leadership roles, including as a member of the Board of Directors of the Global Ibogaine Therapist Alliance (2012 - 2014).

Charlotte Walsh is Lecturer in Law at Leicester Law School, where she runs a course on Criminology, largely concerned with drug policy. Her research focus is on the interface between psychedelics and the law, viewed from a liberal, human rights-based perspective, and she has published widely on this subject - in journals and edited collections - along with being a regular speaker at psychedelic conferences. She is a member of the ICEERS Legal Advisory Committee and is on the Steering Committee of the Ayahuasca Defense Fund, thus involved with legal defence work, education and protection, along with advocacy for policy reform.

Liana Sananga is a lifetime activist for social justice, drug policy reform, anti war, and the environment. She has worked in event, festival, and film production; artist representation, art curation and art creation. She served as the director of the BU Anti-War Coalition, worked for GreenPeace, and spent a summer in Palestine with the human rights watch group International Solidarity Movement. As an entrepreneur, she owned a visionary art gallery in Venice Beach, CA called Sananda Gallery.

Bruno Maia, born and living in Portugal. Medical Doctor – Neurologist & Critical Care Specialist, main area of interest is stroke and altered states of consciousness. Activist for the legalization of recreational and medical marijuana. Lately involved in the opening of the first medically supervised sites for safe injections in the city of Lisbon.


Ismail L. Ali is Policy & Advocacy Counsel for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a non-profit educational and research organization dedicated to creating legal, medical, and cultural contexts for the safe use of psychedelics. For the past two years with MAPS, Ismail has advocated to eliminate barriers to psychedelic therapy and research and supported the development of psychedelic legal and policy strategy. He earned his J.D. at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2016, and is currently licensed to practice law in the state of California. Ismail also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), supports the Steering Committee for the Ayahuasca Defense Fund, and believes that psychedelic consciousness is a crucial piece of challenging oppression in all of its forms.


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