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.


  • Members need to participate in monthly H&I meeting at Thunder Road adolescent program. Meeting is Wednesday at 7pm. Contact John L. for more info.

  • District 2 holiday party is scheduled for December 10 at St Alban's Church in Albany. More details to come.

  • MA holds phone meetings 3 times a day. It's a great option for people who need a meeting. Visit ma-phone.org for more.

  • Support MA meetings in San Francisco (District 1): Help MA in San Francisco (District 1)! The district is down to two meetings a week and could use support from MA members who can attend either the Tuesday or Saturday meetings.
    • Tuesday at 7:30pm: Park Presidio Methodist Church, 4301 Geary Blvd. (enter on 7th Ave., up stairs to 1st floor)
    • Saturday at 10:00am: Yoga Society of San Francisco; 2872 Folsom Street (between 24th & 25th St.)

    Support especially needed from members with clean time.
  • Monthly District Service Committee (DSC) for districts 1 and 2 meets on the second Sunday of the month at First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison St. Oakland, 6:00pm.
  • Volunteers needed to help staff MA table at Holy Names Wellness Fair, October 18. Mid-day event. Help spread the word about MA. Contact Joanne or Meredith for more info.
  • MA District 2 is looking for a treasurer. If interested please attend the next district service committee (DSC) meeting.
  • Friday women's meeting is open to all women, including transgender, gender-queer, and gender non-conforming. Meets 7pm at Kaiser CDRP, 2nd Floor, Room 8, 969 Broadway, Oakland.
  • Support MA meetings: Thursday afternoon and Sunday morning meetings needs support. District 13 (MA Online) needs support from folks with clean time.