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September 17, 2007 - East Oregonian (OR)

MAMA Brings Program To Pendleton

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Mothers Against Misuse and Abuse is touring the state with a message about drugs that's different from the norm.

MAMA Executive Director Sandy Burbank is traveling with two people registered in the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program.

Burbank was among the founders of MAMA in 1982. The founders quest is reducing the harm from drug use.

Their presentation will be at 7 p.m., Oct. 1 in Room M8 of Morrow Hall on the Pendleton campus of Blue Mountain Community College.

Although no presentation is planned in Hermiston, the group will stop there if people call ( 503 ) 233-4202 to arrange meetings.

MAMA was founded by seven women who were concerned about the misuse and abuse of all drugs -- not just the ones declared illegal.

The group's approach is one of personal responsibility and informed decision making, not just for illegal drugs, but for those that can be obtained legally as well.

MAMA seeks to have all drugs judged by the same standards, including alcohol, tobacco and caffeine, and develop a drug policy based on science and reason.

"If people are abusing drugs, we need to find out why, then address the cause," Burbank wrote on the group's Web site.

"For some it will be through drug education or treatment. For others it will require training in social skills so they can find satisfaction in their lives without resorting to substance abuse."

Accompanying Burbank are Jack Thomas and Alice Ivany, who are registered in the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program.

They'll discuss why they and 17,000 other Oregonians use the program, which, while accepted legally, remains surrounded by controversy between federal and state laws.

Before their Hermiston visit and Pendleton presentation, the group is visiting Hood River and doing a presentation in The Dalles.

After leaving Pendleton, they'll head for scheduled meetings in La Grande and presentations in Baker City and Ontario.

For more information about MAMA, visit or call ( 503 ) 233-4202.

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