Our Awakening

The text below is quoted from the last four paragraphs of Step Twelve in our book Life with Hope (2nd edition: p68-69; 3rd edition: p61-62)

Those of us who have rigorously and thoroughly taken all of the steps can attest to the fact that we have become stronger people. As we make spiritual progress, we begin to feel emotionally secure. Our new attitudes bring about self-esteem, inner strength, and serenity that is not easily shaken by any of life’s hard times.

Our awakening has come about as a result of a spiritual house cleaning, being aware of who we are, and cultivating a growing relationship with our Higher Power. That relationship can lessen the role of fear as the main source of motivation in our lives. We know that our needs will be met — perhaps not in the ways that we had hoped for, but in ways from which we can truly grow. We have found that freedom from fear is much more important than freedom from want. We start to accept the unpleasantness in our lives and become grateful when we are able to experience growth from it.

We learn to give without expecting rewards. We act as responsible members of society, living not in isolation but with a sense of community. We become true partners with our friends and loved ones. With the help of a Higher Power, we respond positively to adversity. Practicing the principles we learn by taking the Twelve Steps produces rewards beyond calculation. With a deep sense of gratitude and the help of a power greater than ourselves, we can live in spiritual, emotional, and physical recovery; we live with serenity and security, one day at a time. Humbly seeking to do the will of a Higher Power, we find that we can now live useful lives. As a result, we reap benefits we had thought unattainable, even unimaginable.

As we each work the program in our own special way, we discover the spiritual principles that we all have in common. We are all unique examples of how the program works, each of us with our distinct gifts to share. We take these steps for ourselves, not by ourselves. Others have gone before; others will follow. We recover.

2019 MAWS Convention Hybrid Meeting

If you can’t make the 2019 Marijuana Anonymous World Services convention meeting in person this year, let your fingers do the walking and connect via phone, smart phone, tablet or computer. There will be a hybrid phone meeting at the convention which combines:

  • in-person face-to-face participants in a conference room with speaker phone and
  • people connecting from around the world either individually or in groups

Saturday Feb 16th

The physical meeting is at the convention center after lunch at 1:15 PM PST (convention timezone). If you are connecting from remote location use the examples below to determine your timezone and thus the time for you to connect to the meeting.

Vancouver, BC, Canada1:15 PM PST
Denver, Colorado, USA2:15 PM MST
Chicago, Illinois, USA3:15 PM CST
New York, New York, USA4:15 PM EST
St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada5:45 PM NST
Madrid, Spain10:15 AM CET
London, England, UK9:15 AM GMT
Berlin, Germany10:15 AM CET

Listen with others or by yourself by connecting using these parameters:

  • Dial-in #: 1-712-775-7035
    • Access Code: 679941#
    • or
  • Use both the number with the code and connect with one click:

If you have trouble with the number above, this page has some alternate methods to connect.

Please see and print and distribute the attached flyer.

Chairperson Suggestions – 2019 Update

MAWPM Suggestions for Chairpersons

This document was co-authored by a working group. If you have suggestions please contact agenda-mawpm@ma-phone.org.


Please note that the suggestions below apply only to the Marijuana Anonymous World Phone Meetings group (MAWPM, pronounced maw-pum) with a goal to apply to all of the meetings of the MAWPM group, but with the understanding that over time (for instance) the Friday night meeting will operate slightly different from Wednesday at noon. That is to say, for the MAWPM groups, what is listed below are suggested behaviors and guides for conducting MAWPM group meetings.

Trusted Servant

•      Please call in using the host code only when chairing a meeting.

•      Do not pass on the host code to anyone (or without verifying with the chairperson coordinator).

•      It is suggested that each chairperson build their own network of qualified chairpersons that they can call on for back up in case they are unable to chair a meeting they are scheduled for. Start with one or two but strive to build to at least ten.

•      Make an effort to attend GC meetings but if unable, read the minutes to stay current with business decisions/discussions.

•      The service commitment is for 6 months, you are welcome to continue longer, but we ask that this be the minimum. Please talk to the chairperson coordinator is this might be a problem. We are grateful for service.

Tips for chairing a meeting

·     Please strive to be on the line five minutes before the meeting starts. Every minute or two mention that the meeting is going to start at the top of the hour. You can also mention the topic and encourage people to volunteer for reading. This helps newcomers that only hear silence on the line, it also lets everyone know that the chair is there. This is also a good time to clear the lines with *5 as mentioned in the technical tips.

·     For the reading of the 12’s, (Questions, Steps, Promises, Traditions, Principles, Concepts for Service), generally at the start of a meeting only read one or two. Save the others to fill in if no one is sharing for an extended length of time. Try to encourage the reading of the steps and the traditions.

·     If you are the chairperson of a topic discussion meeting, please come prepared with a topic and have MA approved literature in case the line is quiet and you need to do a reading. When fellows suggest a topic, do your best to frame it around recovery or link it to a step.

·     It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with all MA approved literature, including pamphlets, prayers and our publication, A New Leaf. These can be valuable sources of topic inspiration or things to read to the group if the line is silent for an uncomfortable length of time.

·     When asking for topics from the group, or when there is silence on the line, the chair may say “Newcomers feel free to share on whatever is going on with your recovery today”.

·     If the sharing pauses, remind people of the topic, remind them to use *6,1 to enter the cue. Feel free to let the pause linger for a bit before encouragement. If it is a small meeting with few participants, open to second shares or reading. It is a judgement call.

·     Please remember that there are many MAWPM meetings per week, thus when you chair please try to give as much sharing time as possible to the other participants and save your sharing for another meeting, go last, or share if there is a long pause. Remember just a suggestion.

·     Please be sure to greet each person and respond to each share with a similar tone. Keep the newcomer in mind and the potential vulnerability to perceived exclusivity or favoritism.

·     After each person shares thank them and resist the urge to comment on their share. However, special situations call for brief consolation such as when a person mentions a death or something similarly traumatic, but keep it brief. The meeting guidelines of no crosstalk, giving advice or criticism applies equally to the chairperson as well as participants.

·     Adhere to the timing of shares requirements. This ensures that it is consistent and fair to all fellows (second shares can always be called for if the meeting is quiet). Be sure to require the one minute acknowledgement and be comfortable with giving a one minute notice. You can choose to say “one minute” or use a timer sound, or bell, just be sure to mention and explain how you will give the time notice.

·     From time to time the chair can use *2 to get a participant count that may be shared between shares. It is best to plan for the *2 and do it right when a person starts to share.

·     Note that as the chair of the meeting you guide the meeting and are captain of the ship thus can make a change at will should the situation call for it. Situations like this might be:

·       A new person cross-talks inappropriately

·       A new person starts sharing when only a request for topic is asked for

·       Note, when the new person (or long-timer) is done sharing consider if it is best to gently and kindly suggest the appropriate behavior as soon as they finish, or wait and attempt to mentor them after the meeting. If possible, as soon as possible, but gentleness and kindness supersede timing.

·       Sometimes you may need to remind people that when they are sharing, especially if they are using “speaker” mode on their phone, they need to not generate background noise. They can clean house or do the dishes when they are listening on mute, but when they share they must be still. Please let them know if you are having difficulty hearing them (because other fellows likely have the same issue) -we want to be able to hear their share.

·       Consider contacting the chairperson coordinator if you need to discuss how to handle these situations.

·     Please allocate 15 minutes after the meeting. This is a suggestion and you can always hand off to someone else.

·     Remember that we have new people almost every day and these people are likely confused by Q&A mode, the muting procedure, the multiple phone groups etc, so please be patient.

Technical (Q&A mode, Touch Tone Controls)

Phone meetings have many advantages such as giving a participant the freedom to attend a meeting while driving, exercising, and doing other tasks or chores. However, with this freedom and flexibility comes with challenges in the form of background noise.

Please be sure as chair, your phone is muted when you are not speaking. It is recommended that you use *6 to mute, but you can also use the mute on your phone – just pay attention that you could be double-muted.

•      The Marijuana Anonymous World Phone Meetings (MAWPM) group manages the teleconference space with “Q&A” mode

•      BE AWARE: In the past we have had some malcontents abusing our phone line so chairpersons should be familiar with “Q&A mode” and advance the cue if someone is vulgar or threatening the space of recovery.

Q&A mode:

In Q&A mode, all participant lines are muted, only the chair is unmuted.

•      *01 to enter Q&A mode

•      *02 to move through/advance to the next person in the queue

•      *03 to exit Q&A mode

•      Participants use *6 which is then followed by 1 to enter the queue to share. The system prompts are in the form of Question & Answers but for our purposes it is really just “getting in line to share.” When pressing *6 to get in line you next press the ‘1’ immediately to bypass the prompt so that you don’t miss any of the sharing.

•      If you want to be removed from the queue press *6 followed by 1.

•      After each person in the queue shares the host presses *02. This mutes the current person and un-mutes the next person in the queue. Only the chairperson and the current person are un-muted.

•      The chairperson must remember to un-mute their own line when the current person is finished to thank them and ask the next person to share.

•      The chairperson should frequently remind participants to press *61 to enter the queue if they want to share.

Mute Mode: When not in Q&A mode, it is best practice to mute all the lines using *5. The host needs to be aware that there are three “states” for *5. *5 (Star five) can be thought of like a three position switch on a table lamp where you must cycle through all three positions

•      *5 to first time mute all lines, callers use *6 individually unmute

•      second time will mute all lines and individual callers CANNOT unmute

•      third time will unmute all the lines

•      *6 mute / *6 un-mute for participants

•      It is a good idea to clear the line when you arrive at the meeting to ensure that it wasn’t left in mute mode from the previous meeting. When logged in as host in the five minutes prior to the meeting start, press *5 to ensure that either the lines are unmuted or that it is muted and callers can unmute themselves.

•      If you are closing the meeting with call and response and no one is responding please cycle through the positions of *5 as all participants may be muted and unable to mute.

These are suggestions. They are not written in stone. The goal is recovery for everyone, chairperson and participants both.

Call for Agenda Items: MAWS Business Conference in Toronto, May 17-20, 2019

Hello All,

In preparation for the annual Marijuana Anonymous World Services (MAWS) business conference, this year in Toronto on May 17-20, 2019–> we are making a call for agenda items.

The deadline for submission is January 17th, 2019.

Here is the document that is specific to writing an agenda item Pages 63-64 of the Service Manual version 6.1.
If you use this to draft your agenda motion, please save as a separate file, and don’t write directly into this template 😀

Continue reading “Call for Agenda Items: MAWS Business Conference in Toronto, May 17-20, 2019”

Sixth Annual MA World Services Town Hall


What’s happening in MA World Services ? Engage in lively conversation and bring something back to your District. All members are welcome to attend!


Saturday, January 12th, 2019
10:00 AM–12:00 PM Pacific time
1:00PM–3:00PM Eastern time
6:00PM–8:00PM British time


Google Meeting: meet.google.com/knx-ncen-khp
Dial-in: 318-433-2061; PIN: 362 596 653#

Please print the attached flyer and post at land meetings

Announcement & Agenda – flyer (pdf)


Led By


2018 Conference Report Christopher J., Office 10 Minutes
ANLP and Hazelden update Rick V. 15 minutes
New MAWS website; Social media presence Bill C., Internet 15 minutes
MAWS social media presence Josh L., Public Info 15 minutes
7th Tradition Jackson J. 15 minutes
2019 “Power of the Pack” Convention and 2019 Conference (submitting agenda items, preparing for entry into Canada) Rachel C. 20 minutes
Historical Archives (Motions Log, etc.) Nina S. 15 minutes
Ask a Trustee All Trustees 15 minutes

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: script-mawpm@ma-phone.org  


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.


WDR Business Meeting Proposal – Upgrading the Service

Proposal to Upgrade the WDR Service

[ed. This proposal/motion is in the New Business section of the  We Do Recover Business Meeting agenda.] [20171116.1040: updated by Micah S.]

I (Micah S.) propose that the advanced web features of the WDR FreeConferenceCall line be enabled and that the login information be kept with (a) our technical coordinator and (b) all current chairpersons of the WDR phone meetings. I further propose that when a chairperson leaves, that the password be changed and shared once again with the technical coordinator and all current chairpersons.

– Ability to know how many people are on the call through a visual panel on the app
– Ability to use a web interface to join the call (helpful if you’re in a place with bad cell service)
– Ability to use a mobile app to connect to the meeting.
– Ability of the host to know precisely which caller is not muted and individually mute that person

– If people join the meeting via the app instead of phone, they could put in their full name, not realizing that other people would see it. We can mitigate this by coaching people to only use their first name

Many Meetings in a Variety of Focus & Formats

There are, by last count, 34 phone meetings each week including:

  • women-only meeting
  • guided-meditation meetings
  • LGBTQ focused meeting
  • People of Color meeting
  • late night meetings


  • using well-known formats such as speaker meetings, step-studies, and topic discussions. Information on all of the phone meetings including phone number and access code, as well as information for in-person and online meetings, is available at marijuana-anonymous.org and ma-phone.org.