Cannabis Laws in Oregon Cannabis Laws

Oregon has long been a centerpoint for cannabis culture the world over. Many varieties of cannabis have been developed in the state, and Oregon has a number of legislative, legal and cultural events surrounding (and celebrating) the use of cannabis. In 1973, Oregon became the first US state to decriminalize cannabis, abolishing criminal penalties for cannabis possession in favor of fines. Both medical and recreational marijuana are now legal in Oregon.

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Medical Cannabis Laws in Oregon

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Recreational Cannabis Laws in Oregon

Benefits of having a Medical Marijuana Card in a Recreational State

Qualifying Conditions for Medical Cannabis Patients in Oregon

Cannabis Laws and Children in Oregon

It is legal for minors (those aged under 18) to qualify for an Oregon medical marijuana certificate and card. Minors will need a caregiver. Caregivers must be at least 21 years old and Oregon residents with valid state or federal identification.

Medical marijuana patients who are minors will need to complete the Minor Declaration Form.

Cannabis Possession Limits in Oregon

  • For medical card holders: medical marijuana patients (and their caregivers, on a joint basis) may possess up to 24 ounces of usable cannabis; 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.
  • For recreational users: 1 ounce on their person, and 8 ounces in their homes.

Cannabis Cultivation Laws in Oregon

Cannabis and Gun Laws in Oregon

You cannot legally possess a firearm and a medical marijuana certificate at the same time in Oregon.

Cannabis and Employment Law in Oregon

The Oregon state government follows the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988. Under the Drug-Free Workplace Act, if an employee’s use or conduct involving marijuana occurs in the workplace and results in a criminal drug statute conviction, they must notify the employer no later than 5 days after the conviction.

In the 2010 Oregon Supreme Court decision in the Emerald Steel case, the court held that employers have no obligation to accommodate employees who use medical marijuana.  Employers are still allowed to have drug-free workplace policies and to enforce the provisions of those policies.  Staff, volunteers, students or other persons still cannot possess or use marijuana on school grounds, even with a valid prescription.

Despite Oregon’s generally liberal attitudes towards cannabis, cannabis use, even for medical reasons, can get an employee terminated. Unlike many other states, there are no protections for employees, even for off-site use.

Local Cannabis Laws in Oregon

Here is a list of cities and counties in Oregon that have prohibited recreational cannabis.