Q: Can you provide any information that will help me convince my child (spouse, friend, parent, etc.) to quit using cannabis?
A: You can find most of our literature on the USA website. It explains who we are and how our programme works. However, it is unlikely that literature alone will convince someone to stop using cannabis. A person cannot be forced or nagged or prodded into recovery; they must come to the realisation on their own that they are a canabis addict and powerless over cannabis. See the MA pamphlet For the Loved Ones of Marijuana Addicts for more information.
Q: Do you have to believe in God to quit smoking cannabis with MA?
A: This quote from Marijuana Anonymous’ book Life with Hope, page 7 (Step Two) sheds light on this question:
It is not necessary to acquire a major God Consciousness to be able to cease using. All we need is to maintain an open mind and a hopeful heart. It is not necessary to say yes. It is, however, important to stop saying no. Observe the reality around you and the recovery taking place within MA. One only has to stop fighting. Higher Power means different things to different people. To some of us, it is a God of an organized religion; to others, it is a state of being commonly called spirituality. Some of us believe in no deity; a Higher Power may be the strength gained from being a part of, and caring for, a community of others. There is room in MA for all beliefs. We do not proselytize any particular view or religion. In MA each of us discovers a spirit of humility and tolerance, and each of us finds a Higher Power that works for us.
Q: What is MA’s opinion on the legalisation of cannabis?
A: The Tenth Tradition of Marijuana Anonymous states:
Marijuana Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the MA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
This tradition protects the integrity of the organization. From Marijuana Anonymous’ book Life with Hope, page 93:
Anything that can disrupt our unity, and interfere with our primary purpose of carrying the message to the marijuana addict who still suffers, should be avoided.
Therefore, MA has no opinion about the legalisation of cannabis.
Information with kind permission from Marijuana Anonymous World Services