After three years, a small Santa Cruz nonprofit has won a battle with the federal government to test marijuana on veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, but the organization's founder says his work is far from done. Rick Doblin's ultimate goal is for his Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies to become a nonprofit pharmaceutical company, selling marijuana and other currently illegal substances such as MDMA - also known as ecstasy - to pharmacies across the nation. [...] last week the Department of Health and Human Services cleared the way for the University of Arizona to conduct the pot study, which was applauded by both advocates of marijuana and veterans as a signature step in determining the drug's medical benefits and risks. After earning a doctorate in public policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, he founded MAPS in 1986 and dedicated his life to researching and educating people about the ways they can benefit from psychedelics and marijuana. MDMA - listed by the federal government as a schedule 1 substance, meaning it's considered high-risk for abuse and has no accepted medical applications - is Doblin's top priority. Scientific and anecdotal studies show that it can be effective in getting people with post-traumatic stress disorder to open up during psychotherapy. [...] Doblin said there is enough evidence of positive benefits that the FDA has allowed his organization to fund two phase two clinical studies of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for the treatment of PTSD. Dr. Richard Rockefeller, a donor who chaired the U.S. Advisory Board of Doctors Without Borders until 2010, has been vocal about using MDMA-assisted psychotherapy to help people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Rockefeller, who has seen firsthand the emotional scars war and atrocity can leave on people, told the San Francisco Commonwealth Club in 2013 that he believes the drug can have dramatic benefits. "There is a mountain of anecdotal evidence to show that marijuana is beneficial to people suffering with PTSD and other anxiety and medical conditions," Sisley said.