Leonard Pickard

Activist Keynote

Alleged to have produced "90% of the world's LSD," William Leonard Pickard is a former drug policy fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, research associate in neurobiology at Harvard Medical School, and deputy director of the Drug Policy Analysis Program at UCLA. With two life sentences without parole, he served 20 years in maximum security federal prisons, and was released in 2020.


His book "The Rose of Paracelsus" - written in pencil while imprisoned - will be published in Italian on April 26, 2023 by Mondadori (Milan) and by Synergetic Press (Santa Fe/ London). His 1996 prediction of the fentanyl epidemic, and recommendations for prevention, was confirmed by RAND. Currently he is a senior advisor, scientific advisory boards, of JLS Fund LP and the Fireside Project.