Art Way, Senior Drug Policy Manager, Colorado


Art Way is Colorado senior drug policy manager, based in Denver. Way brings substantial public policy and criminal justice reform experience to DPA.

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Way is a graduate of Florida Coastal School of Law, where he was appalled at the gap between our theoretical constitutional liberties and what he witnessed growing up during the escalation of the drug war in the 1980s.

Prior to joining DPA, Way directed the Racial Justice Program at the Colorado Progressive Coalition, where he worked to halt the overrepresentation of people of color in the state's criminal justice system. He successfully spearheaded a legislative campaign amending state law regarding police duties during searches. As a result, Colorado has the only consent-to-search legislation in the nation that protects pedestrians as well as motorists. Way currently serves on both the Denver Mayor's African American Commission and on the Racial and Gender Disparity Committee of the Denver Crime Prevention and Control Commission.

A belief in the ills of mass incarceration and drug war policies fuel Art's desire to manage DPA's efforts in Colorado. These efforts include minimizing the role of the criminal justice system in addressing drug-related issues, increasing support for health-centered drug policies such as expanded access to sterile syringes, and building support to legalize marijuana in Colorado.