MA People of Color Pamphlet (ver 1.0)
Welcome to People of Color in Marijuana Anonymous
We welcome you, we honor you, we celebrate you & whatever it took for you to get here today. Congratulations, You are in the right place. If you are having a problem with smoking blunts, trees, buds, reefer, weed etc. we can help.
Primarily here is who we are, and who we are not from our MA preamble:
(DO NOT read if you have had people on from the beginning of the meeting. IF EVERYONE late then re-read)
Marijuana Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share our experience, strength, and hope with each other that we may solve our common problem and help others to recover from marijuana addiction. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using marijuana. There are no dues or fees for membership. We are self-supporting through our own contributions. MA is not affiliated with any religious or secular institution or organization and has no opinion on any outside controversies or causes. Our primary purpose is to stay free of marijuana and to help the marijuana addict who still suffers achieve the same freedom. We can do this by practicing our suggested twelve steps of recovery and by being guided as a group by our twelve traditions.
Marijuana Anonymous uses the basic 12 Steps of Recovery founded by Alcoholics Anonymous, because it has been proven that the 12 Step Recovery program works!
Identification is a tool People of Color (and others) who self-identify as weed addicts use to keep it real for ourselves as we recover one day at a time in the rooms of Marijuana Anonymous. And we “identify,” we don’t compare with whom we see and what we hear in the MA rooms.
Consider the following questions which may help you determine whether marijuana is a problem in your life:
- Has smoking blunts stopped being fun?
- Do you ever get high alone?
- Is it hard for you to imagine a life without herb?
- Do you find that your friends are determined by your dope use?
- Do you smoke reefer to avoid dealing with your problems?
- Do you blaze trees to cope with your feelings?
- Does your blunts use let you live in a privately defined world?
- Have you ever failed to keep promises you made about cutting down or controlling your spliff smoking?
- Has your use of diesel caused problems with memory, concentration, or motivation?
- When your stash is nearly empty, do you feel anxious or worried about how to get more?
- Do you plan your life around your ganja use?
- Have friends or relatives ever complained that your gangster smoking is damaging your relationship with them?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may have a problem with marijuana by any name.
Members of Marijuana Anonymous created this pamphlet to Welcome and Encourage People of Color, including all shades of African, Asian, South and Native Americans to Keep Coming Back — the Marijuana Anonymous program works.
We Encourage You To: Attend at least six different meetings to see if this program is for you.
We Encourage You To: Listen for a sponsor. A sponsor is an MA member who has 1 year or more clean time (from alcohol and drugs) whom you can talk to & who can guide you, one on one, through the program along with your individual attendance at meetings.
We Encourage You To: Make MA meetings!!! Come early and stay late for fellowship after the meetings (this applies more to land-based meetings). No matter what Keep Making MA Meetings.
We Encourage You To: Do service at meetings in the beginning, and all during your recovery. Service is a tool that supports MA members in staying free from the suffering induced by smoking weed that we have now given up one day at a time.
We Encourage You To: go where it is warm amongst the members in MA. Remember, all addicts come with their own set of things within that they will eventually get to work through, in the meantime take what you can use and leave the rest!
We Encourage You To: read MA literature, there ‘s an array OF pamphlets, “Life With Hope” our basic text and a companion workbook to take the 12 Steps with. There is also the Marijuana Anonymous website at: www.marijuana-anonymous.org
We Encourage You To: get members phone numbers at MA meetings and to give people your number to stay connected and to make calls before you pick up trees, and to talk about what you are going through.
We Encourage You To: sit up front at meetings, raise your hands to share your experience, strengths and hope in the meetings. You never know when what you have to say may save another person from picking up marijuana again and going back to the world of insanity that had them earn a seat in MA in the first place.
We Encourage You To: reach out to the “Newcomer” the same way someone reached out to YOU when you were new, we are all here to help.
We Encourage You To: give yourself a break, the war is over, know that you have come to the right place, and help is available if you want it in your choice to recover from active addiction to weed smoking.
We Encourage You To: begin taking the 12 Steps of Marijuana Anonymous (adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous) as soon after you enter MA and begin to stay. The 12 Steps are ordered and support you IN arresting the disease of addiction within, that has no known cure.
Many of us know the challenge of stopping puffing blunts especially on peoples targeted for destruction as peoples of color are by issues of race, class, gender and other ails. The point is there is help and support available to help you stay stopped even in the face of no agreement. We who are People of Color here have found that building a relationship with a Power Greater than one’s self (with a Goddess, God, Higher Power, The Group, or not , etc.) has made all the difference in our recovery from marijuana a day at a time.
Again and again and again WELCOME People of Color, We are glad that you are here. If you have problem with blazing (herb, afghan, bush, dope, draw) we can help. Thank you for coming, we are glad that you are here.