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September 17, 2012 at 7:30 AM

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Children's Alliance and Initiative 502

A conclusion found by the organization, not by its members

I offer an important clarification for the article “Children’s Alliance backs pot measure,” [page one, Sept. 11].

The article is correct in saying that the Children’s Alliance has 14,000 individuals and 105 organizations as members, and two of our member organizations were mentioned by name in the article.

I want to clarify that the Children’s Alliance respects and values the independence of our members. We do not portray or imply that organizational members of the Children’s Alliance hold the same positions on public-policy matters that we do.

We respect that there are a variety of well-considered opinions on Initiative 502. After much study, we concluded that current marijuana-enforcement policy is failing children and families, and that I-502 is necessary to eliminate one source of the impact of racial disparities that are currently harming Washington’s children, particularly children of color.

— Paola Maranan, executive director, Children’s Alliance, Seattle

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