Date: October 30, 2020
Oregon Marijuana Laws: What You Need to Know

Oregon is one of the 15 legal adult-use states in the United States where anyone 21 or older is able to purchase regulated cannabis from a dispensary or shop. Oregon was one of the first states to enable medical cannabis use in 1998 and passed recreational adult-use in 2014. In 2018, the Oregon Liquor Licensing Commission (OLLC), which regulates the cannabis market, tightened the licensing regulations. Since the state is adult-use legal we want to give you a rundown of Oregon marijuana laws.

Purchasing Laws

Oregon’s adult-use laws require an age restriction of 21 or older to purchase cannabis. Similar to every other state, whether medical or adult-use recreational, Oregon has limits on the amount one can purchase in a day. 

Medical marijuana patient limits: 

  • 24 ounces of flower
  • 72 ounces of liquid cannabis
  • 16 ounces of solid cannabis
  • 16 ounces of concentrates
  • 5 grams of extracts
  • 4 plants (immature)
  • 50 seeds

Adult-use marijuana limits:

  • 1 ounce of flower
  • 72 ounces of liquid cannabis
  • 16 ounces of solid cannabis
  • 5 grams of concentrates
  • 5 grams for vaping/smoking
  • 4 plants (immature)
  • 10 seeds

Certain retailers registered to provide cannabis for medical patients have the ability to deliver cannabis to caregivers and patients in areas where cannabis sales may not be permitted. If you are looking for licensed dispensaries to purchase at, check out WeedMaps and Leafly

Possession Laws

While there is no punishment for possession of one ounce of cannabis or less in public there is a fine of $1,000 for using in public. Punishment of fines and jail time does rise if caught with more than one ounce. However, there is no fine or penalty for having 8 ounces or less at home of homegrown cannabis.

The state does allow gifting to adults of 21 or older if the gift does not pass the purchasing or possession limits. While gifting cannabis is legal consumption of cannabis in public is still illegal. One cannot consume cannabis in a public place, bar, restaurant, parking lot, or car. It is very illegal to consume while in the car, driving, or a passenger. 

Cultivation Laws

Oregon marijuana laws do allow cultivation at home for adult-use and medical use. If you are a renter you must receive permission from the owner or landlord to grow the product. The flowers must be out of view of the public and the limit to grow is 4 plants. Medical patients are able to grow up to 6 mature plants and 12 immature plants once they have received approval from the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP)

Medical Licenses

Receiving a medical marijuana license in Oregon is still possible for qualifying conditions: 

  • Cancer
  • HIV/Aids 
  • Glaucoma 
  • Neurological conditions
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Muscle Spasms, associated with multiple sclerosis
  • Seizures and epilepsy
  • Severe nausea 
  • Severe pain
  • Cachexia, or wasting syndrome

Patients with the above conditions are able to qualify for a medical license in Oregon with a doctor’s recommendation. The doctor must be a Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) and must be able to treat the patient. Patients do have the ability to dedicate a caregiver on the medical card if they are under 21 or need help to cultivate, obtain, or use cannabis. Each year the license must be renewed through OMMP

For out-of-state visitors, although there is no reciprocity you are able to purchase legally from adult-use dispensaries. 

Last Thoughts

When traveling to different states it is important to have a good understanding of that state’s cannabis laws. Oregon’s marijuana laws are specific to recreational adult-use or medical use and do allow purchasing from non-residents. However, it is best to always stay up to date with laws for your own safety whether you live in Oregon or are passing through. Be sure to stay within the legal limits and enjoy your high.