Natalie Ginsberg

Dir of Policy & Advocacy
Multidisciplinary Association For Psychedelic Studies (Maps)

Natalie is the Policy & Advocacy Director at MAPS, where she advocates for cannabis and psychedelic research to provide evidence-based alternatives to both the war on drugs and the current mental health paradigm. Natalie earned her Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University, and her Bachelor’s in History from Yale University. Before arriving at MAPS in 2014, Natalie served as a Policy Fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance, where she helped legalize medical cannabis in her home state of New York, and worked to end New York’s racist marijuana arrests. Natalie has also worked as a therapist at an alternative-sentencing court with individuals arrested for prostitution and drug-related offenses, and as a guidance counselor at Bronx middle school. Natalie is passionate about cannabis and psychedelic therapy because it works by addressing the root causes of trauma, rather than only targeting its symptoms.



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