MA World Services Committees

MA, as such, ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.”

-MA Tradition 9 

MA World Services currently has thirteen committees, subcommittees, and ad hoc committees (as needed). Conferences & Conventions (CoCo), Ad Hoc Conference Agenda Committee, Finance, Hospitals & Institutions (H&I), Internet, Literature, Literature Translations Subcommittee, Newcomer Support, Outreach, Representation & Accessibility Outreach Subcommittee, Public Information (PI), Website Redesign PI Subcommittee, and Policies and Procedures (P&P). 

The MA World Service Committees serve as an example and provide guidance for District level Subcommittees through Committee Handbooks. Contact the Committee’s Trustee to receive the Committee Handbook. 

Committees Descriptions and Responsibilities:

Conferences and Conventions (CoCo) Committee

  • Acts as liaison between past, present, and future Host District Convention teams to facilitate communications, information sharing, and collaboration.
  • Works closely to distribute information, develop an information repository, and related tasks such as Convention Host District/Region support.

Conference Agenda Ad hoc

    • Facilitates the MA World Service business Conferences.
    • Assists members to develop Conference Agenda Items
    • Format the Conference Agenda Packet with appropriate support materials.
    • Sets the business event schedule for the entire Conference.
    • Distribute Conference Agenda Packet at least 90 days before the event

Current Conferences & Convention Committee Projects:

    • Curating the Convention Planning Handbook
    • Assisting District 2 with 2024 Convention planning 

Conferences & Conventions Trustee Job Description – Contact:

Finance Committee 

  • Charged with the responsibility of organizing the financial affairs of Marijuana Anonymous World Services.
  • Drafts the MA World Services annual budget and recommends other financial priorities
  • Ensures MA Districts are accurately recording their finances by providing templates.

Current Finance Committee Projects:

    • Finalizing Finance Handbook for Districts and Groups
    • Reviewing the concept of Convention “seed money” and how to best support the Host District’s initial need for Convention funds

Treasurer Trustee Job Description – Contact:

Finance Committee Special Workers: Assistant Accountant – and Treasurer Liaison –

Hospitals and Institutions (H&I) Committee 

  • Helps carry the message to marijuana addicts who are confined or in-treatment.
  • Sets forth suggestive guidelines to Districts and MA members for service at hospitals and institutions.
  • Reviews the H&I Handbook, related pamphlets and literature

Current Hospitals & Institutions Committee Projects:

    • Contacting all Districts to provide support to their H&I committees
    • Responding to requests for information and literature from those who are institutionalized

Hospitals and Institutions Trustee Job Description – Contact:

Internet Committee 

  • Responsible for serving all of MA World Services’ internet-related functions.
  • Management and development of the websites and the MA App.

Current Internet Committee Projects:

    •  Maintaining the MA World Services Meeting Finder listings
    • Upgrading the MA App
    • Supporting the implementation of the PI website redesign
    • Integrating the multiple separate WordPress websites that MA World Services holds folded into one

Internet Trustee Job Description – Contact:

Internet Special Workers: and App Developer –

Literature Committee

  • The Literature Committee is responsible for drafting and recommending for approval Marijuana Anonymous’ literature.

Literature Translations Subcommittee –

  • This includes translated versions of Conference-approved material such as Life with Hope and all MA pamphlets.
  • Oversee the creation of new foreign language translations.

Stories Subcommittee –

  • Seeks story submissions shedding light on stories of recovery that may not always be told. (e.g. detoxing, CHS, identity (gender, racial, religious, sexual), mental health, psychosis, seeking sobriety during different stages of life, cross addiction and support from other 12 step fellowships

  • The Stories sub-committee needs support to review these stories for their implementation in various projects.

Current Literature Committees Projects:

    • Develop new pamphlets for symptoms of cannabis abuse such as CHS and Psychosis, along with member detoxing stories
    • Translations Subcommittee drafting a translations handbook and assisting with the literature translations
      • In process: French, Spanish, Japanese, Farsi, Icelandic
    • Curating new stories for Life with Hope 4th edition

Literature Trustee Job Description – Contact:

Newcomer Support

  • The Newcomer Support Committee responds to requests for support from members who are new to the MA fellowship by offering program and meeting information.
  • Newcomer Support occasionally hosts introductory workshops about Steps 1,2, and 3 and Sponsorship.

Current Newcomer Support Committee Projects:

    • Seeking committee members, (bilingual if possible) to help with responding to support requests
    • Planning upcoming Steps 1-3 workshops and Sponsorship Q&A Panel

Newcomer Support Trustee Job Description – Contact:

Outreach Committee

  • Supports MA by facilitating correspondence and supportive guidance to Groups/Meetings and Districts throughout the world.
  • Works to ensure that new and established groups/meetings and districts receive support

Representation & Accessibility Subcommittee –

  • Seeks ways to best support “our common welfare” (Tradition One), fulfill MA’s primary purpose of carrying “the message to the marijuana addict who still suffers” (Tradition Five), and ensure that all marijuana addicts with a desire to stop using marijuana feel welcome and safe in MA, and have access to the message of recovery (Tradition Three)
  • Assists with supporting underrepresented or marginalized identities so that all MA groups might feel free from the exclusion  
  • Supports members, meetings and Districts by providing MA literature and business meeting information for handling safety issues, disruptive behavior or harassment 

Current Outreach Committees Projects:

    • Contacting all registered Groups/Meetings within the Meeting Finder to ensure the meeting attributes are properly listed
    • Curating the Outreach Handbook
    • Curating Safety Handbook and Pamphlet Resources
    • Revising the New Meeting Starter Kit
    • Creating an online library of meeting scripts, literature and resources

Outreach Liaison Trustee Job Description – Contact:

Outreach Policies Trustee Job Description – Contact:

Policies and Procedures (P&P) Committee

  • Responsible for issues concerning the structure and organization of Marijuana Anonymous World Service.
  • Considers the relationship between MA as a Society, MA World Services as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, and MA’s legal rights and obligations. Including debating and recommending policy changes in the Service Manual and other policy documents of MA.
  • P&P subcommittee “Service Inventory Group” (consisting of the President, Secretary, and P&P Trustees) helps to regulate any internal issues that may arise regarding 12 Traditions and placing Principles before Personalities.

Current Policies and Procedures Committees Projects:

    • Ad-hoc follow-up committee to address the issues brought up during the Fellowship-wide vote
    • Review the legal relationship between ANLP & MAWS Board & review ANLP Charter
    • Forming a subcommittee to curate the History of MA

Policies & Procedures Trustee Job Description – Contact:

Public Information (PI) Committee

  • Sets forth the guidelines for information shared with the general public and includes investigating and developing ways to carry the message of recovery to marijuana addicts worldwide.
  • Functions include creating and recommending for approval: the Public Information Handbook for Districts on organizing and maintaining MA public service announcements and guidelines when communicating with the public at-large.
  • Responsible for the website content and social media.

Website Redesign Subcommittee –

Subcommittee of both the Public Information and the Internet Committees

  • Responsible for updating the MA World Service website content and functionality
  • Boosting keyword usability and Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Current Public Information Committee Projects:

    • Social Media Handbook for Groups/Meetings, Districts/Regions and World Services
    • Website Redesign Subcommittee  has the goal of increasing the visuals throughout the website, curating the content in a way that utilizes storytelling, and facilitating a user’s journey that invites them to learn more about MA

Public Information Trustee Job Description – Contact:

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