Los Angeles, CA
It’s time to get down to MA business! Our twenty-sixth annual Marijuana Anonymous World Services Conference, gratefully hosted by District 7, is the place where MA’s group conscience will be expressed and decisions made that affect our organization on a global level. Dedicated MA members congregate from all over the United States and the world to make decisions on how MA operates, meet other members and share their experience, strength and hope; the unity that binds all MA members to our common purpose.
Our conference is integral to the health and vitality of our organization. We do business, eat great food, and have some fun. And it's a deeply meaningful opportunity to be of service. What would your life look like if you hadn't found the Fellowship? (Mine? Not so good.) And there are a myriad of opportunities to be of service so please volunteer whether for an hour, a day, or throughout our 4-day event, and you will undoubtedly make a deep impact on your recovery and on MA’s continued success and expansion.
This world is changing fast, and in order reach other addicts who are still suffering, we need to evolve and grow. We also need your ideas and your participation. This is where it all happens and I sincerely hope you decide to be part of it.
The Conference will be held over Memorial Day weekend at the beautiful Doheny Campus of Mount Saint Mary's University in Los Angeles. Directions to the venue and a Campus Map are available. All of the information you will need will be available on this site as soon as it becomes available.
Registration deadline is Friday, May 8, 2015. Payment deadline is Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Because of school requirements, no registration money can be refunded after May 15, 2014.
Each year prior to the MAWS Conference, every MA group is asked to review the Agenda containing the action items Members have submitted for consideration. Please read them, consider them, discuss them and arrive at a group conscience. Group Service Representatives will then carry their group's conscience to the District Service Committee where further deliberation takes place. The DSC's group conscience is then carried to the MAWS Conference by the district's duly elected Delegates.
Making a commitment to service work helps us stay clean and sober, and to "keep coming back." It gives us the opportunity to practice loving unselfishness and benefits our own recovery, as well as the recovery of every member in our group.
The MAWS Conference provides many opportunities for service both before and during the Conference. Regardless of how much time you have, there is undoubtedly a way for you to contribute.
Marijuana Anonymous World Services currently has eight Conference Committees: Literature, Hospitals and Institutions, Public Information, Policies and Procedures, Finance, Conferences and Conventions, Outreach and Internet. All Members are assigned to a Committee, except for the MAWS President who is an ex-officio member of all Committees. Members are expected to continue their Committee participation throughout the following year.
The Delegate's primary responsibility is to serve as liaison between the District and MAWS throughout the year that begins with each Conference. This begins with Delegates attending the MAWS Conference and voting on all matters that are to be decided according to the conscience of the District's groups. The Delegate votes on policies affecting MA as a whole and participates in the selection of Trustees and Service Committee chairs.
Each district elects two Delegates and an alternate(s) whose primary responsibility is to represent the conscience of the district's groups to MA World Services. Delegates shall be elected by the Third Legacy Procedure. Delegates should be elected at least 90 days prior to the Conference to allow them sufficient time to become familiar with the Conference Agenda. Outgoing Delegates are strongly encouraged to act as "service sponsors" to the incoming Delegates.
Delegates prepare a District Report for presentation at the Conference. Reports review the preceding year's efforts to carry the MA message, challenges, opportunities and whatever else the members of the District feel that they want to share with the worldwide Fellowship. District reports are included in the Conference Minutes and Delegates may find it helpful to review the minutes from prior years. Reading reports from the various Districts will provide ideas about what you may want to include.