The 12 Traditions

The 12 Traditions

Tradition 1
Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon MA unity.
Tradition 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.
Tradition 3
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using marijuana.
Tradition 4
Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or MA as a whole.
Tradition 5
Each group has but one primary purpose, to carry its message to the marijuana addict who still suffers.
Tradition 6
Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Tradition 7
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.
Tradition 8
Marijuana Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
Tradition 9
MA, as such, ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
Tradition 10
Marijuana Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the MA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
Tradition 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.
Tradition 12
Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.
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