Legal Standing of Cannabis for Oregon

Oregon Marijuana / Cannabis Medical Use Law: Legal

  • Ballot Measure 67: The Oregon Medical Marijuana Act, passed on November 1998, 54.6% of Oregon citizens voted in support.
  • Must possess a medical marijuana card issued by the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program.
  • A patient may grow for him or herself or designate an individual 21 years or older to act as his or her grower.
  • An Oregon medical marijuana patient (and their caregiver, if applicable) may possess up to 6 mature plants, which must be grown at a registered grow site address and up to 24 ounces of usable marijuana.
  • A patient or caregiver may only possess or purchase from a dispensary in one day:
    • 24 ounces of usable marijuana;
    • 16 ounces of a medical cannabinoid product in solid form;
    • 72 ounces of a medical cannabinoid product in liquid form;
    • 16 ounces of a cannabinoid concentrate whether sold alone or contained in an inhalant delivery system;
    • 5 grams of a cannabinoid extract whether sold alone or contained in an inhalant delivery system;
    • Four immature marijuana plants; and
    • 50 seeds.

Oregon Recreational Marijuana / Cannabis Recreational Use Law: Legal

  • Measure 91: Approved in 2014, legalized the non-medical cultivation and uses of marijuana. October 1, 2015, an emergency bill declaring marijuana sales legal to recreational users from dispensaries was signed into law.
  • You can possess, use and buy recreational marijuana if you are 21 and older. If you are younger, it’s illegal.
  • Recreational users of legal age may purchase seeds, immature marijuana plants, cannabinoid products, and usable marijuana from licensed OLCC retailers. And are allowed 4 marijuana plants per household.
  • Recreational marijuana cannot be used in public, even by those of legal age.

Marijuana In Oregon

The purpose of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) is to implement and administer provisions of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA) to ensure Oregonians suffering from debilitating medical conditions have safe and well-regulated access to medical marijuana as a therapeutic treatment for those conditions.

Full legalization of marijuana in November 2014, when Oregon voters approved Ballot Measure 91, changed the OMMA and broadened OHA’s regulatory responsibilities regarding medical marijuana. This shift in cannabis policy significantly impacted the OMMP and its registrants. Since full legalization, the program has been confronted with three main issues in administering the OMMA and ensuring medical marijuana patients have safe and legal access to medical marijuana. These challenges include implementing significant successive legislative changes to the OMMA, addressing the use of OMMP for profit from the sale of medical marijuana, and inadequate funding and staffing resources to meet the demands of robust regulation.

The first of the above challenges, specifically nine cannabis bills that passed in consecutive legislative sessions since 2016, brought significant changes, requirements, and enhancements to the OMMP. The program, while implementing numerous legislative requirements, has not had time to fully evaluate the implementation of a particular legislative change before implementing new requirements in subsequent legislation. This environment of constant legislative change resulted in an inconsistent regulatory environment that made the program’s ability to consistently apply rules and processes to its registrants challenging. The second challenge, arose from the early retail sales period, from October 2015 to October 2016, when OMMP registered dispensaries and processing sites were the only facilities allowed to sell marijuana to the general public prior to OLCC setting up its recreational use licensing system. This early start period attracted cannabis businesses interested in profit to participate in a system that was intended for compassionate and therapeutic purposes. Lastly, the third major challenge, inadequate funding, and staffing limited the ability of the program to sufficiently ensure the compliance of its participants, especially in a rapidly changing regulatory environment.

Medical Marijuana Facility Licensing

The Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) is responsible for the registration, regulation, and oversight of medical marijuana facilities in Oregon, including medical marijuana dispensaries.

Before applying for a Dispensary

  • Primary Person Responsible for Dispensary (PRD) – You must designate a Primary PRD when you apply. The Primary PRD is the person designated by the owner of the dispensary as the primary point of contact for the program and is the person authorized to receive all communications and legal notices from the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP, the Program). This person is the primary point of contact regarding all aspects of an application and eventual registration.
  • 1,000 feet from a school or other dispensary – Check your proposed dispensary address with the Oregon School Locator Map. This tool helps to check if your proposed location meets the required 1,000 foot radius from a school* or other registered dispensary. It does not guarantee your location meets the requirements in OAR 333-008-1110. You must also conduct a vicinity survey observation to check for any possibly non-mapped schools and then complete the School Proximity Form. Final determination is made by the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program.
    * State law allows that a dispensary may be allowed to reside within 1000 feet from a school if it meets very specific circumstances (See ORS 475B.864 for specifics). If applicable, you may contact the program for additional information regarding this determination after reviewing these conditions.

For more information on the comprehensive list of requirements before applying click here.

Medical Marihuana Facility Licensing Information

Medical Marihuana Facility Licensing Application Portal