Oregon

Oregon

24,015
Registered Patient Population
0.57%
of Total Population Represented by Patients
290
Total Medical Retail Locations Currently in Operation
83 : 1
Patients : Retail

Cannabis is legal to all adults over 21 in Oregon. Patients may cultivate up to 12 plants at home. Patients and caregivers may purchase from dispensaries. Patients have higher purchase limits, access to higher potency products, and are exempt from taxes on cannabis.Though cannabis is legal in Oregon, possession in public is limited to an ounce; patients may possess up to 24 ounces. No possession limit applies to individuals in a private setting. Oregon does not recognize out of state medical cannabis cards.

Patient Rights and Civil Protection 78/100   
Arrest Protection 40/40
Affirmative Defense 15/15
Parental Rights Protections 0/10
DUI Protections 0/5
Employment Protections 0/5
Explicit Privacy Standards 7/7
Housing Protections 5/5
Does Not Create New Criminal Penalties for Patients 5/5
Organ Transplants 5/5
Reciprocity 1/3
Access to Medicine 90/100   
Allows Distribution Programs 37/40
– Allows Access to Dried Flowers 15/15
– Allows Delivery 5/5
– No Sales Tax or Reasonable Sales Tax 5/5
– Allows for a Reasonable Number of Dispensaries 5/5
– Does Not Require Vertical Integration 2/2
– Ownership/Employment Restrictions 1/2
– Provisions for Labor Standards 0/2
– Environmental Impact Regulations 2/2
– Choice of Dispensary Without Restrictions 2/2
Noncommercial Cultivation 17/20
– Personal Cultivation 15/15
– Collective Gardening 2/5
Explicit Right to Edibles/Concentrates/Other Forms 10/10
Does not Impose Bans or Limits on THC 9/10
Does not Impose Bans on CBD 10/10
Local Bans/Zoning 7/10
Comprehensive Qualifying Conditions 47/50
Adding New Conditions 7/10
– Law/Regulations Allow for New Conditions 5/5
– System Works for Adding New Conditions 2/5
Reasonable Access for Minors 9/10
Reasonable Caregiver Background Checks 4/4
Number of Caregivers 2/2
Patient/Practitioner-Focused Task Force or Advisory Board 2/2
Reasonable Fees (Patients and Caregivers) 4/10
Allows Multiple-Year Registrations 0/2
Reasonable Physician Requirements 5/5
Does Not Classify Cannabis as a Medicine of Last Resort 5/5
Functionality 89/100   
Patients Able to Access Medicine at Dispensaries or by Cultivation 50/50
No Significant Administrative or Supply Problems 12/15
Patients Can Receive Legal Protections Within Reasonable Time Frame of Doctor's Recommendation 8/10
Reasonable Possession Limits 5/5
Reasonable Purchase Limits 3/5
Allows Patients to Medicate Where They Choose 5/5
Covered by Insurance/State Health Aid 0/3
Financial Hardship (Fee Waivers/Discount Medicine) 6/7
Consumer Safety and Provider Requirements 91.43/100   
Dispensing 23.01/25
Staff Training 5/5
Standard Operating Procedures 5/5
– Facility Sanitary Conditions 1.25/1.25
– Storage Protocols 1.25/1.25
– Reasonable Security Protocols 1.25/1.25
– Inventory Control 1.25/1.25
Recall Protocol and Adverse Event Reporting 3/5
Product Labeling 5.01/5
– Product Contents, Including Source Material Identification 1.67/1.67
– Allergens 1.67/1.67
– Potency/Compound Identification 1.67/1.67
Required Testing 5/5
– Active Compound Identification 1.67/1.67
– Contaminants 1.67/1.67
– Potency 1.67/1.67
Grow/Cultivation 22.26/25.00
Staff Training 5/5
Standard Operating Procedures 4.26/5
– Facility and Equipment Sanitary Conditions 0.71/0.71
– Workforce Safety Protocols 0/0.71
– Storage Protocols (Short-Term and Long-Term Storage) 0.71/0.71
– Reasonable Security Protocols 0.71/0.71
– Batch and Lot Tracking 0.71/0.71
– Disposal/Waste 0.71/0.71
– Water Management 0.71/0.71
Pesticide Guidance 5/5
– Pesticide Guidance 2.5/2.5
– Pesticide Labeling 2.5/2.5
Required Testing 5/5
– Active Ingredient Identification 1.25/1.25
– Contaminants 1.25/1.25
– Potency 1.25/1.25
– Sample Retention 1.25/1.25
Recall Protocol and Adverse Event Reporting 3/5
Manufacturing 22.0/25
Staff Training 4/5
Standard Operating Procedures 5/5
– Facility and Equipment Sanitary Conditions 1/1
– Workforce Safety Protocols 0/1
– Storage Protocols 1/1
– Reasonable Security Protocols 1/1
– Batch and Lot Tracking 1/1
Product Labeling 5.01/5
– Product Contents, Including Source Material Identification 1.67/1.67
– Allergens 1.67/1.67
– Potency and Compound Information 1.67/1.67
Required Testing 5.0/5
– Active Ingredient Identification 1/1
– Contaminants 1/1
– Potency 1/1
– Shelf Life Testing 1/1
– Sample Retention 1/1
Recall Protocol and Adverse Event Reporting 3/5
Laboratory Operations 24.15/25
Staff Training 5/5
Method Validation in Accordance with AHP Guidelines 5/5
Result Reporting 5/5
Independent or Third Party 5/5
Standard Operating Procedures and Protocols 4.15/5
– Equipment and Instrument Calibration 0/0.83
– Sample Tracking 0.83/0.83
– Facility and Equipment Sanitary Conditions 0.83/0.83
– Disposal/Waste 0.83/0.83
– Storage Protocols 0.83/0.83
– Workforce Safety Protocols 0.83/0.83
Covid Response 18/20   
Delivery Available? 6/6
Curbside Pickup Available? 2/2
Medical Cannabis Essential? 7/7
Telemedicine Available? 3/5
Excerpted from ASA's 2020 State of the States Report.

In This Section

Becoming a Caregiver, Producer, or Provider in Oregon

A patient may designate one caregiver and one grower when the patient registers for the program.

Oregon Medical Marijuana Laws & Regulations

The Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA) was passed by Oregon voters on November 3, 1998, and went into effect on December 3, 1998.

Becoming a Patient in Oregon

A patient with a valid ID card may use marijuana for medicinal purposes and the patient can designate a primary caregiver to help them with their medicine. Patients may possess "paraphernalia" such as pipes, water pipes, vaporizers, in order to use their medicine. Patients must enroll in the state patient registry and possess a valid identification card in order to be legally protected.

Recommending Cannabis in Oregon

Medical professionals recommending medical cannabis must be a doctor of medicine (MD) or doctor of osteopathy (DO) licensed to practice medicine in Oregon that has a valid license to practice medicine in Oregon and has no disqualifying restrictions. Naturopaths, chiropractors and nurse practitioners cannot write recommendations.

The State of Medical Marijuana in Oregon

The State of Medical Marijuana in Oregon