Oregon Cannabis FAQ


Oregon Cannabis FAQ

Can I get my Medical Card if I am not an Oregon Resident?

YES! Oregon is one of the few states that allow you to get a medical marijuana card even if you are not a resident of the state. To get one, you will need to pay a visit to one of the state’s medical marijuana clinics, fill out an application and see a doctor. Hundreds of people do this every year, and have since June of 2010 when the state first allowed it. If you have an Oregon Medical Marijuana Card, dispensaries in Michigan, Maine, Montana, Rhode Island and Arizona will also accept it.

Where can I buy it?

Although you cannot buy cannabis at gas stations or liquor stores just yet, you can purchase it at a state-licensed recreational retail store.

What do you need to purchase cannabis in marijuana shop?

All you need is any valid form of government-issued identification, from anywhere in the world, proving that you are over the age of 21.

What types of marijuana will the stores sell?

You will see a number of different flower strains categorized by their strains ranging from strong Indicas to strong Sativas and everything in between. Each strain can have different effects so be sure to ask the budtender for assistance in choosing the best marijuana for you. Strong Sativas strains are known for their general uplifting, energizing, and head high effects while Indicas are known for their full body highs and sedative effects.

Recreational marijuana stores will also sell a number of other types of marijuana products, including but not limited to:

  • Concentrates: essential oils of the cannabis plant. Warning: these can be very potent!
  • Edibles: Cannabis infused foods, candies, or drinks. Warning: These can be very potent! Be sure to check the serving size before enjoying and remember the effects can take up to an hour to hit you.
  • Transdermal Products: creams, lotions, massage oils and such infused with cannabis. These products are not psychoactive and will not get you high.
  • Seeds: seeds that can be used to grow your own marijuana plants. Stores will have many different strains of Indicas and Sativas.
  • Clones: healthy seedlings that are ready be grown.

How much will it cost?

Marijuana prices in Oregon are currently between $10 and $30 a gram. The proposed recreational tax system is very lenient and Oregon marijuana prices will be much lower than Washington’s due to the tax difference. The only taxes incurred are a one-time tax at the producer level of $35 per ounce for flowers, $10 per ounce for leaves and $5 per immature marijuana plant. No sales or excise taxes are added at any other level.

How much Marijuana can I buy?

A customer cannot purchase more than the following amounts at any one time or within one day:

  • One ounce of usable marijuana if a recreational consumer;
  • 24 ounces of usable marijuana if a registered OMMP patient or designated primary caregiver;
  • 16 ounces of a cannabinoid product in solid form;
  • 72 ounces of a cannabinoid product in liquid form;
  • Five grams of cannabinoid extracts or concentrates, whether sold alone or contained in an inhalant delivery system;
  • Four immature marijuana plants; and
  • Ten marijuana seeds.

Can I buy Edible Marijuana Products in Oregon?

Yes you can! It took the Oregon cannabis law makers quite a while to allow for the legal sales of edible cannabis products, but as of early June 2016, adults over the age of 21 can legally purchase edible products, so folks from Portland can stop driving over to Vancouver, WA for their edible needs. Go grab a lollipop, because in Oregon, it’s on!

How Many Marijuana Plants Can I Grow in Oregon?

Oregon state law says that home cultivation is a legal activity, so long as the limit of no more than 4 plants growing per household is exceeded. This makes things difficult if many adults live together, as they cannot go over the 4 plant limit. That being said, all adults over the age of 21 are legally allowed to grow their own cannabis, so why would anyone complain about that! If you’re an adult Oregonian, get out there and put some seeds in the earth!

Can I take my purchase home if I live in another state or country?

No. All marijuana and marijuana products purchased in Oregon must be consumed in Oregon.

Where can I consume my recent purchase?

Legally, you can only consume marijuana in private. However, at many events in Oregon you will see citizens openly consuming in public as a form of civil disobedience. We do not recommend breaking the law, but just walking around downtown Portland you will most likely see someone violating the public consumption law.

What is a dab?

Dabs are often compared to the hard liquor of the cannabis world, and can be found in many forms. Dabs are the essential oils and waxes of the cannabis plant that are extracted and concentrated into a potent wax form. They are known for their high concentration of THC. Smoking a dab is much stronger than smoking flowers. If you are not a regular cannabis consumer with a high tolerance, we recommend using extreme caution.

If you’re considering purchasing or doing a dab, it is also important to know what is in the essential oil being offered or sold and if it is safe. Many extracts may not have been purged correctly, and may contain residual amounts of butane or other solvents. CO2 oil is often noted as the safest oil because critical extraction machines that use CO2  as the only solvent extract it.

Are the topicals going to get me stoned?

No, topicals do not have a psychoactive affect. They are used for localized relief of inflammation, pain, or soreness. Do not confuse topicals with transdermal patches though. Patches can and will get you high, and they work similar to a nicotine patch.

Am I supporting a bad cause or should I stick to the black market?

You’re not supporting a bad cause! Quite the opposite, actually. It is definitely beneficial to buy your cannabis legally, even beyond the legal aspect. The recreational taxes generated go to support important public programs. Forty percent goes to the common school fund; twenty percent to mental health, alcoholism and drug services; fifteen percent to state police; ten percent to the cities in proportion to their population; ten percent to the counties in proportion to their population; and five percent to the Oregon Health Authority for drug and alcohol abuse prevention.

If marijuana is legalized can I still get in trouble?

Yes. You can always get in trouble at the federal level, but as long as you follow the rules for marijuana in Oregon, state and local authorities will not have any issues with you.

Oregon.gov FAQ has an up-to-date listing of all regulations that affect consumers, suppliers and retailers.