A man smoking marijuana with a pile of marijuana near him

Marijuana remains by far the most commonly abused illicit drug in the United States. (1) While there once was a stigma associated with marijuana addiction, in recent years more and more people are seeking help for it.

To make matters worse, the legalization movement has led to ever-increasing strengths of marijuana and marijuana extracts available for consumption. Fortunately, recovery fellowships for those struggling with marijuana do exist. Here we take a look at Marijuana Anonymous.

What is Marijuana Anonymous?

“Marijuana Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share theirMarijuana plants surround weed experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from marijuana addiction”


Marijuana Anonymous is a fellowship that was founded to specifically help those who struggle with marijuana addiction. Marijuana Anonymous adopted the twelve-step fellowship model first pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935 (2).

Marijuana Anonymous has grown to have meetings around the world that help marijuana addicts free themselves from their addiction

Who is Marijuana Anonymous for?

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

-Tradition Three

Marijuana Anonymous is there for anyone who needs help with marijuana addiction. The fellowship has adopted the Third Tradition that is common for twelve-step fellowships. It states that anyone who is seeking to free themselves from marijuana addiction can join the fellowship.

What is the history of Marijuana Anonymous?

Marijuana Anonymous was officially created in June 1989. The fellowship was actually predated by three groups located in Orange County California, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and New York City.

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These three groups sent delegates that ultimately led to the unified creation of Marijuana Anonymous. Since then, Marijuana Anonymous has spread around the world.

So what is the program?

Marijuana Anonymous closely follows the twelve-step fellowship model. There is good reason for this- it works! The twelve-steps can be summarized as trusting a higher power, cleaning house, and helping others. Marijuana Anonymous has meetings worldwide where members can develop a support group and help the newcomer.

How to Find a Marijuana Anonymous Meeting Near You

If you are ready to take the next step, click here to find a Marijuana Anonymous meeting near you. The organization holds meetings all around the world. If you do not have a Marijuana Anonymous meeting in your area, you can start your own Marijuana Anonymous meeting here.

Final Note

This article is intended for those considering a new way of life, free of the pain of drug and alcohol addiction. For more information on recovery and anyone seeking help with addiction and substance abuse problems, please call True Recovery at (844) 744-8783 or visit us online.


  1. https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/cbhsq-reports/NSDUHDetailedTabs2017/NSDUHDetailedTabs2017.htm#tab1-1A
  2. http://www.marijuana-anonymous.org/