In Oregon, both medical and recreational marijuana are legal. In 1998, state voters approved the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act, thus legalizing medical marijuana. The passage of this act made it legal for Oregon residents diagnosed with one of the state’s qualifying medical conditions to purchase marijuana at licensed dispensaries. The approval of this act also permitted qualifying medical patients to grow their own cannabis or designate a caregiver to grow cannabis for them.
In addition, recreational marijuana has been legal in Oregon since 2014 when state voters approved of ‘Measure 91’. Oregon’s recreational marijuana program permits adults at least 21 years old to purchase, possess and cultivate their own cannabis plants.
Purchasing marijuana in Oregon is quite easy with both recreational and medical marijuana being legal. The state also doesn't have very strict regulations when it comes to purchasing. See below for more information!
In order to purchase marijuana in Oregon, you must either be a registered medical marijuana patient, a designated caregiver or an adult at least 21 years old. You must visit a licensed state dispensary or retailer and bring a form of identification such as a driver’s license or state ID. Some dispensaries in Oregon only serve medical marijuana patients and caregivers, so it’s advised to do research before traveling to a new dispensary.
In Oregon, marijuana delivery services are available to medical patients, caregivers and recreational consumers at least 21 years old. In 2016, Oregon permitted the city of Portland to participate in the home delivery program. Two years later, state regulators made the decision to permit marijuana delivery operations in areas of Oregon where licensed marijuana activity is strictly prohibited. The updated rules for home marijuana deliveries were approved by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission near the end of 2018 and the updated delivery program went into effect on December 28th of 2018.
However, not all marijuana dispensaries and retailers offer home delivery services. If you’re interested in receiving marijuana deliveries, these are the daily product limits:
According to the OLCC requirements and Measure 91, licensed marijuana retailers and dispensaries in the state of Oregon can open as early as 7 in the morning and stay open until as late as 10 in the evening. During this time frame, retailers can serve products to medical marijuana patients, caregivers and recreational users at least 21 years old. Local governments are able to further restrict legal operating hours within their jurisdiction if they choose.
As of October 1st of 2015, adults at least 21 years old are able to purchase these quantities of marijuana products from licensed retailers and dispensaries:
Whereas, medical marijuana patients and designated caregivers can purchase larger quantities of marijuana products such as the following:
In Oregon, medical patients, designated caregivers and recreational consumers at least 21 years old can purchase various marijuana products including flower/bud, infused edibles, topical products, items in liquid form such as tinctures, concentrates and extracts, marijuana seeds and clones.
At a state level, licensed OLCC marijuana retailers are subject to a 17 percent sales tax and possibly an additional 3 percent at a local level. Ultimately, recreational consumers who are at least 21 years old have to pay state taxes on top of the costs of marijuana products themselves. Depending on the city a dispensary operates in, the only taxes a recreational customer would have to pay are state taxes, which ranges from 17-20 percent.
Medical marijuana patients are in an advantageous position because they don’t have to pay any taxes on the products they buy. This benefit applies to designated caregivers as well. However, designated caregivers must bring the medical card of the patient they’re buying marijuana for in order to be exempt from taxes.
In the state of Oregon, marijuana possession laws at home versus possession laws while out in public are different. For example, individuals can possess larger quantities of marijuana products in the privacy of their home and smaller quantities while outside of their home. If you’re a recreational marijuana user at least 21 years old, you can possess the following product quantities while in public:
Recreational consumers can possess up to 8 ounces of marijuana flower in the privacy of their home, as opposed to being able to only possess up to 1 ounce while out in public.
Medical marijuana patients and designated caregivers may possess larger quantities of marijuana products and are limited to the following amounts:
State legislators have been clear on the fact that the consumption of recreational marijuana in public places is illegal. Many Oregon businesses also follow the Indoor Clean Air Act meaning that both smoking and vaping are not allowed.
Recently, an initiative petition referred to as the “Legalization Justice Act of 2020” was submitted to Oregon’s Secretary of State. If this initiative is passed in 2020, the OLCC would regulate designated marijuana lounges. This would also allow existing marijuana dispensaries to add special marijuana consumption spaces and adjoining cafes if they choose to. The OLCC would be in charge of licensing and regulating these spaces
Areas In Oregon That DO NOT Allow Marijuana Consumption:
Areas In Oregon That DO Allow Marijuana Consumption:
In Oregon, it’s strictly illegal to smoke marijuana on federal lands whether you’re a medical marijuana patient or recreational consumer. Marijuana is still categorized as a Schedule I illegal substance by the federal government. Therefore, the use of marijuana on U.S. federal lands such as national or state parks is against the law. If you want to explore Mount Hood or Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, we suggest smoking cannabis beforehand and assigning a designated driver to avoid any mishaps with the law.
In 1973, Oregon was the first U.S. state to decriminalize the possession of small quantities of marijuana. This led to marijuana possession being treated similar to a traffic offense rather than a more serious crime. Then in 1998, state voters approved of marijuana for medicinal purposes. This approval was groundbreaking and meant that individuals diagnosed with any of the state’s qualifying medical conditions could legally purchase various marijuana products in addition to growing their own cannabis.
If you want to obtain an Oregon medical marijuana card, you must be diagnosed with a medical condition or disease on the state’s qualifying list. Then, you can choose to apply for a card online or through the mail. For convenience, many individuals choose the online route, which can be done by following these steps below:
2. After filling out your application, you can submit it via mail or online
3. Once your application has been submitted online, you can print out a 30-day receipt
4. Before submitting your application, all of these documents must be included:
At this time, Oregon doesn’t have a reciprocity program set up to accommodate out-of-state medical marijuana patients. Therefore, individuals who are medical cardholders in other states cannot use their cards to gain medical marijuana discounts in Oregon. Fortunately, since recreational marijuana is legal in Oregon, out-of-state medical marijuana patients who are at least 21 years old can buy marijuana at various dispensaries.
In Oregon, medical marijuana patients, caregivers and recreational consumers at least 21 years old can legally transport marijuana products from a dispensary to their home. However, all marijuana products must be stored in a sealed container and kept in the trunk of the vehicle. If a vehicle doesn’t have a trunk though, marijuana products must be placed in another spot where the driver cannot access them from the inside of the vehicle. Also, it’s strictly illegal for any marijuana products to be opened while driving.
In Oregon and in the rest of the United States, driving while under the influence of drugs is illegal and this includes marijuana. Since marijuana remains a Schedule I illegal substance in the U.S., law enforcement officers take driving under the influence of marijuana very seriously. It’s strictly illegal to drive while high from marijuana and if you’re caught, steep fines and jail time are both possible consequences. In the future, do yourself a favor and opt for a drive sharing method while under the influence of marijuana.
Just like driving while under the influence of marijuana is illegal, so is driving across state lines with marijuana. Even though Oregon’s neighbors are California and Washington in which recreational marijuana is legal, it’s against the law to bring marijuana products with you across state lines. Crossing states puts you into federal jurisdiction and as marijuana is still a crime federally, you cannot transport marijuana into another state. If you’re caught doing this, consequences range from paying hefty fines to getting arrested and possibly facing serious jail time.
In Oregon, medical marijuana patients can grow their own marijuana but certain guidelines must be followed. Below are the limits for medical marijuana patients and caregivers in regards to at-home marijuana cultivation:
Recreational marijuana consumers can grow their own marijuana plants as well but can only grow 4 plants per household. Marijuana plants must be kept out of the public view, and this applies to medical marijuana patients and caregivers too.