Hospitals & institutions

What is H & I?

H & I stands for Hospitals & Institutions and is a public service arm of our program that works toward spreading the recovery message of Marijuana Anonymous.

District 7 H & I Committee reaches out locally to hospitals and institutions (rehab centers, jails, schools, etc.) to make them aware that there is a 12 Step Program that addresses marijuana addiction. It offers to plan and arrange panels to speak to residents, inmates, students, etc.

What is a Panel?

A panel is a small group of Marijuana Anonymous members that convenes at an institution to speak about recovery. Each panel member shares experience, strength, and hope by telling his or her own story: what it was like, what happened, and what it is like now, with the emphasis on recovery.

The panel is comprised of a panel leader and up to four other members. The recommended sobriety (free from all mind altering substances, including alcohol) for a panel leader is at least one year, and for panel speakers, ninety days minimum.

Panels take place monthly at different locations throughout District 7.

Why should I be on a Panel?

Can you remember the first time you heard about sobriety, the first time you heard about Marijuana Anonymous or another 12 Step program? Can you remember your first meeting, your first glimmer that there might be a better way to live — a happier, saner life free of marijuana? Can you remember seeing hope in the eyes of another and the desire for change that inspired in you?

YOU can be the person that helps change the course of another addict's life by serving on a panel for an hour or two, telling your story and sharing your strength and hope.

YOU can give back some of what you've received by sharing the miracle of your own recovery and sobriety.

H & I is one of the most rewarding of all services we can do in recovery.

What Step and Tradition am I practicing by being on a Panel?


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.


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

What Traditions should I keep in mind when I speak on a Panel?


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


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.


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

How can I be on a Panel?

Contact H&I District Chair, Jeb at (213) 446-5259 or email at