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2018 North Carolina Gathering

Announcing and inviting you to:

2nd Annual East Coast M.A. Gathering
October 5-7, 2018
The Renewal Center of the South

Look below for the agenda and other information.

Please bring your LWH book & Your walking/hiking shoes.

Join  us in Madison, NC for the second annual Marijuana Anonymous gathering.
Space is limited so register early.
Registration includes two nights lodging, all meals & snacks.
$115 per person (quad) — $140 per person (double)

There is a day-rate available if lodging elsewhere.
If you have questions email TO: or

In PayPal, Add note to let Darlene know what you want,
DO NOT CHECK “Paying for goods or a service”
Payment accepted at

If you have questions email or

Pictures from the location:





Attendees are encouraged to bring any recovery and empowerment related books that you’re ready to part with for a book exchange. Any left over books will be donated to the Renewal Center of the South’s library. We’d like to stock the library with a copy of Life with Hope if anyone has an extra to donate.


Friday, Oct 5th

3-5:00pm – Arrival/Check-in

5-6:15pm – Registration/Icebreaker

6:15-7:00pm – Dinner

7:15-8:15pm – MA Jeopardy

8:15-10:00pm – Mix/Mingle

10:00pm – meeting

Saturday, Oct 6th

7:30-8am – Meditation

8:15-9:00am – Breakfast

9:15-10:30am – Workshop – Powerlessness

10:30-11am – BREAK

11am–12:15pm – Workshop – Promises of Each Step

12:30-1:15pm – Lunch

1:30–3:00pm – Creativity Workshop – Stones for the Stoners (bring your walking shoes)

3-3:15pm – BREAK

3:15-4:15pm- Workshop – Setting Boundaries

4:20pm – Live Meeting (includes milestone celebrations)

5:30-8:00pm – Nap or Free TimeDinner at 6:30

8:00pm – Saturday night Speaker Night (around the camp fire)

9:00pm – Entertainment (Who’s Got Talent? Prepare to Showcase your Skills)

Sunday, Oct 7th

7:30-8am – Meditation

8:15-8:45am – Continental Breakfast

9-10:15am – Workshop – Finding a Power Greater Than Yourself

10:15-10:30am – BREAK

10:30-11:30am – Workshop – Willingness

11:30-Brunch/Departure (vacate by 3:00pm)


Script Amendment Suggestions for Group Conscience – March 11, 2018

These have been approved by the Script Committee by vote on Monday, March 5, 2018

They were originally suggested by then-Committee member Miriah in collaboration with Sally M.



Please review the below suggestions point-by-point. We suggest opening the script in a separate tab or window to see how the changes will affect the script as it is now.

Email with your vote. You can vote to accept all or particular suggestions, reject all or particular suggestions, comment on any suggestions, or ask for clarification if needed. Please use the list numbers if you are specifically addressing any particular suggestion. THANK YOU for your service to the group by providing feedback! 🙂


  1. Move “US Eastern Timezone” to the mention of times in Bold and Delete the final sentence in this paragraph: “We, the MAWPM group, meet in this teleconference SEVEN days a week at 7 am, Noon and 8 pm. The full schedule, with phone numbers and access codes for all three phone groups is on the websites and All times are US Eastern Timezone.” New version would be: “We, the MAWPM group, meet in this teleconference SEVEN days a week at 7 am, Noon, and 8 pm US Eastern Timezone. The full schedule, with phone numbers and access codes for all three phone groups is on the websites and”
  2. Add: “It starts with God, and that’s the Higher Power of your own understanding.” to each intro of the Serenity Prayer.
  3. Add: “I am now putting our call in Q&A Mode. To actively participate, press star 6 and follow the prompts to get into the queue. Typically, it’s star 6 – 1. You can remove yourself from the queue, by pressing star 6 – 1 again.” As part of the script before the instruction in Red. (Before Responsibility statement.) Would replace the current statement: “I will now put the meeting into Q&A mode.”
  4. Replace the sentence in chairperson instructions: “Suggest that active participants get these materials ready and enter the queue by pressing *6, 1 while the chair reads the Preamble.” with: “Suggest that participants get into the queue and have these materials ready while you read the Preamble.” AND Add: “When the system tells you “it is now time to ask your question,” that means it’s time for you to speak. Make sure to unmute your phone before speaking.”
  5. Replace “our book” with “our basic text” under optional readings.
  6. Under welcoming newcomers, delete “Please” and add “Welcome, everyone. We encourage you to…” explore the MA website at”
  7. Add “We discuss the first three steps” by the Newcomers Meeting on Wednesdays at noon on the Meeting Schedule.
  8. Move: “To participate in the meeting press *6, 1. Note that the system will say, “you can now ask your question,” which for us means “your turn to share.”” to where it says: “It is now time for sharing.” Add: “Please make sure that you are not muted when you share.”
    Please note that this change has already been implemented. Please still feel free to cast your vote or offer commentary on this item.
  9. Change 7 am to NA Just for Today Discussion meeting.
    Please note that this change has already been implemented. Feel free to cast your vote and/or offer commentary.
  10. Add to chair instructions at the sharing part: “Throughout the meeting, continue to remind callers of the topics. “As a reminder, here are the topics… (Don’t say LATE.)”
  11. Move the line: “Please remember that anonymity is the spiritual foundation of our program ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.” to right before the 7th tradition paragraph. Also adding: “What you hear here, stays here.” directly after “principles before personalities.”
  12. Changes to claiming seats: Add: It’s now time to get in the queue to claim your seat if you have not shared yet. Delete: At this time, would anyone who has not shared like to “claim their seat,” which Add: This simply means announcing your first name, and if you’d like your relative location.
  13. Changes to the announcements section: Delete everything in the first three paragraphs, Adding: Please look on the website, below the home menu tab to find the announcements for the MAWPM phone group. Keep: Follow the link to review the many opportunities to participate in recovery at the group and world levels. Keep the rest after that.
    The script scribe or webmaster may put brief reference to significant and/or time sensitive announcements — if details are needed then a blog post should be created and linked to.
  14. Add: (Leaving out the names of people who shared will gain back time, if the meeting is running late.) under Closing.
  15. At ending Serenity Prayer, going from Q&A to Mute mode (*5) with language that “Those who want to participate in the prayer will need to unmute your phone by pressing *6.”

Convention News 2018

More will be revealed regarding the convention, our workshop, the raffle basket, and more…

Quick Links regarding 2018 Convention

MAWPM’s Workshop is confirmed for Saturday February 17th, 1:15 to 2:30 PST.

  • Official Convention website
  • MAWPM workshop information
    • There will be an extra call on Saturday, February 17th, LIVE from the Seattle convention, It will be 4:15 to 5:30 pm ET. Use the same phone # and access code as our regular meetings.
      You’ll be calling in to a LIVE workshop about how the phone lines are helping us in our recovery. There will be an opportunity to share your experience about this topic, as we demonstrate how the phone lines work.
  • Information regarding MAWPM raffle basket
    • 1st basket chocolate for MAWS
    • 2nd basket for Apple Airpods  (Value: $170)

Timezone Table

Send other information that might be useful



Meeting Script MAWPM – Interim

This post begins a discussion in support updating the script we use to guide our meetings.

To view all of the changes individually, please download the document by clicking on the link below. Once you open the document, you will see a red line on the left margin. Clicking on the red line will reveal all of the edits one-by-one.

The current draft version of the interim script is posted as:

 Phone Script MAWPM Jan 2018 BF AM (MS Word docx)

Latest version in PDF format:

Phone Script MAWPM Jan 2018

Below is the list of changes made (PDF):

Bullet list edits Jan 2018

Please send an email To:

with your vote to pass or oppose the proposed script (linked below) to begin use on Feb. 1. Please feel free to leave comments with feedback in the body of the email regardless of what you vote. Votes will be collected until Jan. 31 with the majority vote determining the use of the draft.”

More will be revealed as time goes by…

The text below is just parked here waiting for the posting of new set of changes:

Also of special note is that a new version of the script we use to manage MAWPM group meetings is being developed. We want your participation. Please access the website:
select the Meeting Script menu
at the bottom of this menu you’ll find
Meeting Script MAWPM – Interim
to review the current draft.

Please send feedback To:  


2018 MAWS Convention Panel idea

Dear Members of MA World Phone Meetings groups:

Attached is the Seattle convention panel proposal approved by the convention organizers.  Please review the attached proposal and possibly attend one of these planning workshops: Weds, Jan 17, and next Weds, Jan 24, 8:15 pm EST. To attend, call into the regular phone line, then hit #9 to pass through the meeting into a subconference space.

Approved proposal: MA-Convention-2018-MAWPM-panel

Miriah from Oregon is coordinating the Panel project.


2017 Marijuana Anonymous TownHall

Greetings MA Service Members and Meeting Contacts!

Thank you all for your continued service to your meetings, Districts and service bodies to help MA remain strong and growing! I am pleased to share with you the following MA World Town Hall Flier. This event is open to the fellowship at large and we hope you will join in by phone or video conference to connect with MA World. This is a time to also share any questions or comments you have with the MA World Trustee Board.

We hope that you will share this Flier widely with your fellows! Please let me know if you have any questions in regards to attending. MA World Outreach is always here to help support your meetings, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re here to help!


Link to Town Hall

Saturday,   October   28,   2017
10:00AM–12:00noon    Pacific
1:00PM–3:00PM    Eastern
6:00PM–8:00PM    British