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.

Announcements

  • Celebrate the holidays with friends in recovery! Location change: Party will be held upstairs in the gymnasium at St. Leo's. MA Holiday Party, December 13 at St. Leo's Church, 176 Ridgeway Ave., Oakland.
  • MA is working on a Daily Meditation book. If you would like to help, please visit the site below and submit a story or daily meditation: MA Daily Meditation submissions.
  • Help plan the 2016 MA Convention! District 2 is hosting the 2016 international MA convention and needs members to serve on the Convention Planning Committee. If you're interested in helping out, attend the committee meeting the second Sunday of each month at 5pm at St. Leo's Church, 176 Ridgeway Ave, Oakland.
  • Wednesday Night Meeting recently moved to a new location. The Wednesday night First Berkeley group MA meeting is now located at the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church at 1823 9th Street in the Sisson Salon Room. Click here for a map.
  • Wednesday Night Monthly 'Potless' Potluck - last Wednesday of the month, after 6:15 meeting until 9pm. Bring a dish and enjoy the food & fellowship.
  • Support MA meetings: Monday MA meeting needs support from people with clean time.
  • Current issue of A New Leaf, MA's monthly newsletter, available online.