Colorado recently emerged as an epicenter of drug policy reform in this country. In 2012, voters in the state approved a groundbreaking initiative to tax and regulate marijuana for adult use. In the last two years, the state also legalized syringe exchange programs, established the most comprehensive medical marijuana regulatory system in the nation, and enacted bold sentencing, parole, community re-entry, and overdose prevention policy reforms.
In 2011, the Drug Policy Alliance expanded its state-based advocacy to Colorado and appointed Denver-based Art Way to its first staff position in the Centennial State. Building on recent statewide reforms, DPA's Colorado priorities are to minimize the costly and ineffective role of the criminal justice system in addressing drug-related issues, to increase statewide support for proven, health-centered drug policies such as expanded access to sterile syringes, and to help implement and defend the voter-approved initiative to legalize marijuana for adults.