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Marijuana Anonymous
Formation1989; 35 years ago (1989)
Founded atMorro Bay, CA, USA
TypeMutual aid addiction recovery Twelve-step program
HeadquartersHollywood, CA
Membership (2022)
13 volunteer Board of Trustees
SubsidiariesA New Leaf Publications
Affiliations27 Worldwide "Districts"
Staff (2022)
Volunteers (2022)
13, Board of Trustees
Websitemarijuana-anonymous.org mawsconference.org mawsconvention.org anewleafpublications.org
Formerly called
Marijuana Smokers Anonymous, Marijuana Addicts Anonymous

Marijuana Anonymous (MA) founded in 1989 is an organization and twelve-step program for people with common desire to maintain abstinence from marijuana.[1]


Marijuana Anonymous (MA) formed in June 1989[1] to address compulsive use of cannabis. Since its inception, the MA fellowship has followed the Twelve Traditions and suggests practicing the Twelve Steps, both of which originated from Alcoholics Anonymous.[2] Among the founders at the first MA conference in Morro Bay were delegates from Marijuana Smokers Anonymous (Orange County, California), Marijuana Addicts Anonymous (the San Francisco Bay area ), Marijuana Smokers Anonymous [Santa Cruz CA] and Marijuana Anonymous (Los Angeles County). Other existing fellowships from Seattle and New York City (1974)[citation needed], enfolded into MA later.[3]

Marijuana Anonymous set up in London UK in 2000.[4][citation needed]

Marijuana Anonymous World Services is a non professional non-profit corporation formed to carry out the necessary business and legal affairs of Marijuana Anonymous. Trustees are the officers of MA World Services, as “trusted servants” of the members of MA. A peer facilitated support group: these are volunteer positions and no one governs, as Marijuana Anonymous follows an "inverted triangle" of service, where the members are considered most important.[5]


The only requirement for membership to Marijuana Anonymous is a desire to stop using marijuana; there are no dues or fees.[6] As an organization, Marijuana Anonymous attempts to stay neutral and has no official stance on the legality of cannabis, per Tradition Ten which states, "Marijuana Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the MA name ought never be drawn into public controversy."[7] It is difficult for the organization to avoid taking a stance on whether marijuana is physically addicting, as their program is intended to help recover from marijuana addiction. However, the organization maintains that its materials are not to be considered medical or scientific literature, but rather based on personal experiences of its members.[8] There is a piece of literature, "The Doctor's Opinion on Marijuana Addiction" [9] by Dr. Marvin Seppala, Chief Medical Officer of Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation written for members of Marijuana Anonymous.


Meetings are a vital part of the MA program.[10] This is where fellowship members go for peer-to-peer support, for literature, and to mark and celebrate their abstinence from marijuana. There are regularly scheduled daily meetings[11] across the globe, in many formats including: in-person, online and phone meetings.[12] Per the 7th Tradition, all meetings are autonomous, self-supporting, free to attend, and outside contributions are not accepted.[13]


Life With Hope

The full title is Life With Hope: A Return to Living Through the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Marijuana Anonymous.[14] The book is available for purchase, and is free on the Marijuana Anonymous app.[15]

A New Leaf

A New Leaf is a monthly newsletter published by Marijuana Anonymous. It contains stories and sobriety anniversaries of MA members along with the occasional article from the board members.[16]


Like most twelve step programs, MA also has informative pamphlet literature which it gives away for free. Pamphlets topics range from Why Marijuana Anonymous, Detoxing From Marijuana, Working the Program, etc.[17]


  1. ^ a b Wetzstein, Cheryl (1997-11-12). "Addicted to weed, boomers abandon life-ruining 'herb': Marijuana Anonymous tries to help". Washington Times.
  2. ^ Vaughan Rees; Jan Copeland; Wendy Swift (1998). A brief cognitive-behavioural intervention for cannabis dependence: Therapists' treatment manual (PDF). University of New South Wales, Australia.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Why Marijuana Anonymous?". Marijuana Anonymous. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
  4. ^ "What is Marijuana Anonymous?". Marijuana Anonymous UK. Retrieved 28 August 2016.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "MA's Service Structure". Marijuana Anonymous World Services. Retrieved 2022-10-10.
  6. ^ "Marijuana Anonymous". Marijuana Anonymous World Services. Retrieved 2022-10-10.
  7. ^ "The Twelve Traditions". Marijuana Anonymous World Services. Retrieved 2022-10-10.
  8. ^ Mckee, John. "What is Marijuana Anonymous?". QuitMarijuana.Org. Archived from the original on 4 October 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  9. ^ "A Doctor's Opinion about Marijuana Addiction". Marijuana Anonymous World Services. Retrieved 2022-10-10.
  10. ^ "Introduction to MA: A Meeting Format in a Pamphlet". Marijuana Anonymous World Services. Retrieved 2022-10-10.
  11. ^ "In-Person Meetings". Marijuana Anonymous World Services. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
  12. ^ "Meeting Finder". Marijuana Anonymous World Services. Retrieved 2022-10-10.
  13. ^ "Tradition Seven". Marijuana Anonymous World Services. Retrieved 2022-10-10.
  14. ^ Marijuana Anonymous World Services, Inc. (2001). Life with Hope: A return to living through the twelve steps and twelve traditions of Marijuana Anonymous (Paperback ed.). Van Nuys: A New Leaf Publications. ISBN 0-9765779-0-9.
  15. ^ "Marijuana Anonymous Mobile". App Store. 20 June 2016. Retrieved 2022-10-10.
  16. ^ "A New Leaf". A New Leaf Publications. Archived from the original on 27 June 2017. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
  17. ^ "MA Pamphlets". Marijuana Anonymous. Retrieved 23 August 2012.

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