Oregon is considered a pioneer state in the area of cannabis legislation. The state was one of the first to pass a medical marijuana law in 1998, and legalized marijuana for recreational use in 2014. Oregon looks to be following other successful states like Colorado and Washington in building a successful legal cannabis industry.
Beginning January 2017, adults over the age of 21 must purchase recreational marijuana products from retail businesses that have obtained a license. Adults over the age of 21 can buy up to 1/4 ounce of buds, candy bars, brownies, extracts, concentrates and marijuana other infused products with a government issued photo ID.
Recreational Marijuana in Oregon
Oregon voters approved Measure 91 on November 4, 2014 to legalize recreational marijuana.
The law, which took effect on July 1 of 2015, makes it legal to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana in public, or up to 8 ounces of homegrown marijuana at home. Individuals may also possess up to 4 plants, 16 ounces of solid infused concentrates, or 72 ounces of liquid infused concentrates. Marijuana can be legally consumed in private under the law.
Retail sales began October 2015, and the state initially allowed medical marijuana dispensaries to sell recreational marijuana to adult users. However, beginning January 1, 2017 adult use cannabis could only be sold by retail businesses that have obtained a license.
Medical Marijuana in Oregon
Oregon was one of the first four states to legalize medical marijuana in 1998. Four amendments have since been made to the bill, which clarify procedures for legal purchase and use, as well as what conditions are approved for medical marijuana use. Currently, registered patients are legally allowed to possess up to 24 ounces of usable marijuana, 6 mature plants, and/or 18 immature plants.
The conditions that are approved for medical marijuana use in Oregon include:
- Muscle Spasms including those caused by Multiple Sclerosis
- Severe Pain
- Severe Nausea
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
The Oregon Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program governs the state’s medical marijuana dispensaries. As of this writing, there are 67,465 qualified patients registered with the program and 189 medical marijuana dispensaries open and operating throughout the state.
CBD Hemp Oil in Oregon
Consumption of CBD hemp oil is federally legal, as CBD hemp oil falls under the same importation and commerce laws as other hemp products. Oregon has not enacted legislation specifically relating to CBD hemp oil, so it is legal to purchase and use.
Cultivation of Cannabis in Oregon
Qualified medical marijuana patients can legally cultivate up to 6 mature plants and 18 mature plants. Adults aged 21 and older are legally allowed to grow up to 4 marijuana plants for personal use.
Oregon has also established hemp cultivation laws. The Oregon legislature initially legalized industrial hemp production in 2009. However, in March 2016, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill that relaxed state hemp licensing requirements, opening up the hemp market to small and individual farmers. Those interested in growing and handling industrial hemp must register with the Oregon Department of Agriculture.
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