Oregon


Legislation History

Oregon voters passed the Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act on November 4, 2014, with 56% of the vote. The Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act, or Measure 91, legalized recreational consumption and possession of cannabis, and regulates marijuana sales.

 

In addition to allowing adult-use marijuana, Oregon also has an established medical marijuana program. In 1998, Oregon voters approved the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act, or Measure 67, legalizing the cultivation, possession and use of medical marijuana.

Overview

All licensing and regulation of adult-use marijuana falls under the jurisdiction of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC). All licensing and regulatory oversight of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMPP) falls under the jurisdiction of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).

Where is it Safe to Purchase?

Adults ages 21 and older, patients, and caregivers can purchase cannabis from any OLCC-licensed retail store. However, only patients and caregivers can purchase from medical cannabis dispensaries. If patients are unable to make purchases themselves, they may designate a caregiver to purchase and deliver medical cannabis products on their behalf. The OLCC also allows for delivery services.

 

Recreational consumers are limited to a daily purchase of one (1) ounce, or 28.35 grams, of cannabis flower. A temporary ruling from the OLCC, which went into effect August 24, 2018, states that medical marijuana patients may only purchase one (1) ounce, or 28.35 grams, of cannabis flower until the ruling expires in six months, or February 2019. Medical dispensaries must also comply with the ruling. Before the OLCC ruling, patients were able to purchase 24 ounces, or 680.39 grams, of cannabis flower a day.

 

There is a 17% excise tax on the sale of cannabis and cannabis-infused products for adult use, with the option for cities and counties to impose additional taxes of up to three percent (3%).

 

Both medical patients and recreational users all permitted to grow cannabis for personal use at home or on a private property.

 

Where is it Safe to Consume?

Adults ages 21 and older and patients can safely and legally consume cannabis in on a private property.

 

It is illegal to consume cannabis or marijuana-infused products in public view. The smoking of cannabis in any public place is strictly prohibited.

 

Consumption of cannabis in a parked car in the view of the public is also prohibited. Driving under the influence of cannabis is illegal and consumption in a vehicle is not allowed, neither while driving nor while riding as passengers.

Possession

As of July 1, 2015, adult recreational users are allowed to possess up to eight ounces (8 oz), or 226.8 grams, of usable cannabis in their homes and up to one ounce (1 oz), or 28.35 grams, in their possession in public. Additionally, adults can posses up to 16 ounces, or 453.6 grams, of cannabis-infused products in solid form; 72 fluid ounces, or 2.13 L, of cannabis-infused products in liquid form; and up to five (5) grams, or 0.18 ounce, of cannabis Extracts and Concentrates.

 

Medical marijuana patients and their caregiver may possess up to 24 ounces (24 oz), or 680.5 grams, of usable cannabis. Additionally medical patients may possess up to up to 16 ounces, or 453.6 grams, of cannabis-infused products in solid form; 72 fluid ounces (72 fl oz), or 2.13 L, of cannabis-infused products in liquid form; and up to five (5) grams, or 0.18 ounce, of cannabis extracts and concentrates

 

Adults may transfer or gift up to one ounce (1 oz), or 28.5 grams, of dried cannabis; up to 16 ounces, or 453.6 grams, of cannabis-infused products in solid form; 72 fluid ounces, or 2.13 L, of cannabis-infused products in liquid form; and up to five grams (5 g) of cannabis concentrates to another adult 21 years of age or older.

 

How Old Do I Need
to Be to Consume?
21+
Recreational
18+
Medical
Possession Limit
for Flower
Varies
Recreational
24oz
Medical
Possession Limit
for Concentrates
Varies
Recreational
24oz
Medical

Medical Marijuana Registry

Patients with a qualifying medical condition and a recommendation for medical cannabis from their medical provider may apply for a medical marijuana card. Patients who require assistance obtaining or using medical marijuana may designate a single caregiver. Additionally, patients may grow for themselves, or designate a caregiver 21 years or older to act as their grower. If a designated grower is someone other than the patient, a grow site registration fee is required in addition to the application fee. Cardholders must renew their registration annually.

Application Process

Individuals who wish to participate in the medical cannabis program must register with the OHA to become eligible. Patients with a qualifying medical condition and a recommendation for medical cannabis from an attending physician may apply for a medical marijuana card online.  

Qualifying Conditions

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • A degenerative or pervasive neurological condition
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • A medical condition or treatment for a medical condition that produces one or more of the following:
    • Cachexia, or wasting syndrome
    • Severe pain
    • Severe nausea
    • Seizures, including those caused by epilepsy
    • Persistent muscle spasms, including those associated with multiple sclerosis

Patient Requirements

  • Complete and submit an application.
  • Submit a complete attending physician’s statement.
  • Provide a valid state or federal ID for the patient.
  • Designate a primary caregiver and grower, if applicable.
  • Pay mandatory $200 application and card fee. An optional grow site registration fee is an additional $200.

Caregiver Requirements

Only patients in the registry who require assistance obtaining or using medical cannabis may designate a primary caregiver. Patients who choose not to cultivate at home may also designate a grower to do so on their behalf. Caregivers must be at least 21 years old and a permanent resident of Oregon. Caregivers must have a valid state or federal issued ID. Caregivers must also be designated by patients on their applications.

Growing for Personal Use

Adults ages 21 and older wishing to grow recreational cannabis for personal use may not grow more than four (4) plants at an address. Regardless of how many adults in a residence, there may not be more than four (4) plants grown.

 

Patients growing medical marijuana or designating a grower are required to provide the OMMP with the grow site address. Only one grow site address may be registered per patient. Grow sites must be at a physical address located in Oregon.

 

Anyone growing cannabis, not for themselves for personal use, should seek specific information from the OHA website for plant limits.

Lab Testing

The OHA and OLCC require that all cannabis harvested for medical and recreational adult use, as well as all marijuana-infused products, must be tested to meet certain quality and safety control standards.

The OHA and OLCC requires testing for the following:

  • Cannabinoids
  • Heavy metals
  • Microbiological contaminants
  • Moisture and water content
  • Pesticides
  • Residual solvents

This page was last updated on May 16, 2018.