From Addiction to Advocacy
The Power of Psychedelic Medicines and Decriminalization (Randy Hencken)
Dear friends and neighbors,
In this week’s episode, Randy Hencken, shares his story and insights into the future of psychedelics and decriminalization. Randy is a business strategist for Prisms AI and recent political consultant for Decriminalize Sex Work. He joined the interview from his home, almost on the slopes, in Snowmass Colorado, where he will soon be hosting a series of outdoor adventures in conjunction with MAPS's Psychedelic Science conference. Quite a change from when he was involved with Seasteading, a concept that envisions people living in cities on the ocean.
Randy is a political activist fighting for our rights to ingest what we chose in the privacy of our home and for the right of people to do sex work without fear of being arrested. His experience with various organizations and advocacy work, such as his recent involvement with Decriminalize Sex Work, has given him unique insights into the intersection of psychedelics and social justice. I am grateful that he was willing to share his story and insights into how psychedelic medicines and political advocacy can drive social change.
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NOTE: I am currently embarking on a new series featuring healing stories from those who have benefitted from psychedelics at the end of life, or in the face of a terminal diagnosis. I hope to interview those with direct personal experience, as well as relatives, friends, and clinicians with stories to share. Please email my producer if you would like to be interviewed on my program, and featured in a future book on this topic.
Wishing you Golden Light,
Dr. Richard Louis Miller
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Introducing Randy Hencken
I'm pleased to welcome Randy Hencken, a business strategist for Prism AI, an artificial intelligence company. Recently, he worked as a political consultant for Decriminalize Sex Work, an organization we featured discussing decriminalizing sex work; you can find that program in our archives. Hopefully we'll hear more about that today.
Randy co-founded Blue Frontiers, aiming to build a floating city in French Polynesia. He led the Seasteading Institute, promoting seaborne communities. We may discuss that further; our producer Charlie Deist has also worked on seasteading.
Randy chaired Students for Sensible Drug Policy and was communications director for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), known to most. He organized MAPS's first psychedelic science conference in 2011. I attended to report on it for our show. He also led the Ibogaine Association, based in Mexico.
Clearly a man of diverse talents and interests, I'm delighted you're here. Welcome to Mind Body Health and Politics.
Randy Hencken (00:04:45): Thanks, Richard. I guess that's my middle age showing in that I have such a long resume and so many things to talk about now.
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