Joseph Holcomb Adams is a bioethicist and educator. He received his BAs in philosophy and religious studies from UC Davis, and his MA in bioethics from New York University. He serves on the City of Berkeley Community Health Commission. Over the summer of 2020, he interned as an ethics consultant for Dr. Phil Wolfson and the Ketamine Research Foundation, composing an ethics report for their upcoming Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy study, to help prepare the design for IRB review. Presently, his bioethics work is primarily focused on analyzing issues related to California’s Senate Bill 519. He believes that psychedelics and entactogens, when used appropriately, show great promise for promoting the flourishing of humanity (and the biosphere). Joseph was born and raised in Berkeley, California, where he now resides, and has spent many years working with local children and teens, first through City of Berkeley recreation/outdoor programs (including Adventure Playground), then later as a teacher in the Oakland public schools (one year of high school biology, one year of middle school special education science). He enjoys hiking in the hills and forests of the SF Bay Area, and has a passion for improvisational music (both as a musician and a listener), especially when it synthesizes a variety of genres and influences, and when it draws the band and audience together into an ecstatic organic unity.
California is already considering a psychedelic legalization bill in the legislature, but citizens may have the opportunity to vote on a psilocybin-specific initiative next fall. Here’s the 101 on what the Initiative is all about.