12 Traditions of MA

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon MA unity.
  2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority, a loving God whose expression may come through in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
  3. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using marijuana.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or MA as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose, to carry its message to the marijuana addict who still suffers.
  6. MA groups ought never endorse, finance, or lend the MA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every MA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Marijuana Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. MA, as such, ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. Marijuana Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the MA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
  11. Our public relations policy is based upon attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, TV, film, and other public media. We need guard with special care the anonymity of all fellow MA members.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.
The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions are adapted with permission of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. Permission to adapt the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions does not mean that AA is in any way affiliated with this program. AA is a program of recovery from alcoholism---use of the Steps and Traditions in connection with programs and activities which are patterned after AA, but which address other problems, does not imply otherwise.


  • Registration is now open for the 2016 MA convention, hosted by MA District 2. February 12-14, 2016, in Walnut Creek. Learn more and register at http://mawsconvention.org/.
  • Friends of MA Holiday Party, Saturday, December 19 from 7:30-9:30PM at St. Alban's Church in Albany. Meet in the Parish Hall. More info in the flyer. Map here.
  • H&I subcommittee is looking for volunteers to participate in panels, especially younger people. Contact Jon G the H&I chair for more info.
  • Join MA District 12 (North Bay) for a Potless Pot Luck at Cotati Lions Club Sunday 12/6 at 4:00. 86 La Plaza, Cotati. MA meeting follows at 6:30.
  • We need a public address (PA) system for the 2016 MA Convention in February. If you have one that you're willing to lend, let us know.
  • Got talent? Sign up and prepare your act for the Friday Night Talent Show at the 2016 MA Convention. Contact Mark D.
  • Monthly District Service Committee (DSC) and convention planning meetings now meet at First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison St. Oakland. For December and January, convention planning meeting at 5pm; DSC meeting starts at 6:30pm. View on map.
  • Friday 7:30 PM meeting now meets at Kaiser Permanente Medical Office Building, Redwood Room, 3rd floor, 1425 South Main Street, Walnut Creek.
  • New Thursday meeting, 8pm in Albany. Details on the meetings page.
  • Volunteer for the 2016 MA Convention! Sign up at a meeting or send an email to volunteer@madistrict2.org.
  • Wednesday Night Monthly 'Potless' Potluck - last Wednesday of the month, after 6:15 meeting until 9pm. Bring a dish and enjoy the food & fellowship.
  • MAWS is looking for volunteers to staff the MAWS hotline. If you're interested, contact Elizabeth or MAWS.
  • Support MA meetings: Sunday, Monday, and Saturday meetings need support from people willing to do service. District 13 (MA Online) needs support from folks with clean time.