Life with Hope

A Return to Living Through
the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions of
Marijuana Anonymous



A Brief History of Marijuana Anonymousxi


Who is a Marijuana Addict?xv

The 12 Questions of Marijuana Anonymousxvii

The Story of the Lotus Eatersxix

The Steps of Marijuana Anonymous

Step One1

We admitted we were powerless over marijuana, that our lives had become unmanageable.

Step Two5

Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

Step Three11

Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God, as we understood God.

Step Four15

Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.



Step Five21

Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

Step Six25

Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

Step Seven31

Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.

Step Eight37

Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

Step Nine43

Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

Step Ten49

Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

Step Eleven55

Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry that out.



Step Twelve63

Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to marijuana addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

The Traditions of Marijuana Anonymous

Tradition One73

Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends on MA unity.

Tradition Two75

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 Three77

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using marijuana.

Tradition Four79

Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or MA as a whole.



Tradition Five81

Each group has but one primary purpose, to carry its message to the marijuana addict who still suffers.

Tradition Six85

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 Seven87

Every MA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.

Tradition Eight89

Marijuana Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.

Tradition Nine91

MA, as such, ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.



Tradition Ten93

Marijuana Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the MA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.

Tradition Eleven95

Our public relations policy is based on 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 Twelve97

Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

Our Stories

Started Off With a Bang105

A Slave to Marijuana115

I Came to Life123

Freedom to Be Me127



I Found MA Online139

I’m Not an Addict147

I Needed it to Feel OK153

Growing Pains157

A Life Worth Living165

My Best Thinking Got Me Here169


Mommy Was Doing Drugs189

You Are Never Alone201

Coming Home209

The God Thing217


How It Works225

Danger of Cross Addiction229



© Marijuana Anonymous World Services—Life with Hope: A return to living through the 12 steps and 12 traditions of Marijuana Anonymous. A New Leaf Publications, a division of Marijuana Anonymous World Services, 2001. Print. ISBN 978-0-9765779-0-4

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