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In Oregon, it’s legal for adults 21 and older to purchase, possess and use recreational marijuana…but there are limits.*

You can possess, use and buy recreational marijuana if you are 21 and older. If you are younger, it’s illegal.

What is the legal age to use recreational marijuana?

You can possess, use and buy recreational marijuana if you are 21 and older. If you are younger, it’s illegal.

Recreational users of legal age may purchase seeds, immature marijuana plants, cannabinoid products, and useable marijuana from licensed OLCC retailers. And are allowed 4 marijuana plants per household.

Recreational marijuana cannot be used in public, even by those of legal age.

Employers and landlords retain the right to restrict use, even by those of legal age:

  • Legalization did not affect employment law. Check with your employer regarding their rules and restrictions regarding marijuana use
  • Check with your landlord regarding their rules about using marijuana, growing marijuana, or making goods containing marijuana in their home or property.

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If you have a question that’s not answered here, take a look at the full list of FAQs or contact OLCC staff. We’ll do our best to get you the information you need based on what we know now. Additional information is available at marijuana.oregon.gov.

OLCC-licensed retail stores may sell marijuana to recreational users or OMMP patients. You may also grow your own or receive it as a gift.

How can I get recreational marijuana if I’m of legal age?

Adults 21 and older can purchase recreational marijuana from an OLCC-licensed retail establishments, share or give away recreational marijuana, or grow their own (up to 4 plants per household).

But there are limits.

Purchasing limits for recreational users:

Recreational users of legal age may purchase seeds, immature marijuana plants, cannabinoid products, and useable marijuana from OLCC-licensed retailer. A retailer may not sell more than the following amounts to a customer at any one time or within one day:

  • 1 ounce usable marijuana (dried leaves and flowers)
    • 24 ounces of usable marijuana to OMMP cardholders and designated primary caregivers
  • 5 grams cannabinoid extracts or concentrates
  • 16 ounces cannabinoid product in solid form
  • 72 ounces cannabinoid product in liquid form
  • 10 marijuana seeds
  • 4 immature plants

Growing limits for recreational users:

If you’re 21 and older, you can grow up to 4 plants. (If you do not own your home, be sure to check with your landlord regarding their rules about using marijuana, growing marijuana, or making goods containing marijuana in their home or property.)

Gifting limits for recreational users:

Gifting of recreational marijuana to adults 21 and older is allowed, so long as the amount gifted falls within the personal possession limits and no financial consideration is associated with the transfer.

Financial consideration includes: cover charges, admission, donations, tip jars, raffles, fundraiser events, purchase required, barter or sales. It is considered the same as selling marijuana when money, goods or services are exchanged directly or indirectly for marijuana.

Gifting of extracts purchased from a licensed retailer is allowed, but not homemade extracts (as homemade extracts are not allowed under personal possession laws).

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If you have a question that’s not answered here, take a look at the full list of FAQs or contact OLCC staff. We’ll do our best to get you the information you need based on what we know now. Additional information is available at marijuana.oregon.gov.

There are limits to how much recreational marijuana you may possess, both in public or in private.

How much recreational marijuana may I possess if I’m of legal age?

There are limits to the amount of marijuana and marijuana products that adults 21 and older may possess at any one time.

PUBLIC possession limits for recreational users:

Recreational users of legal age may possess the following amount of marijuana and marijuana products while in public:

  • 1 ounce usable marijuana (dried leaves and flowers)
  • 1 ounce cannabinoid extracts or concentrates (must be purchased from a licensed marijuana retailer)
  • 16 ounces cannabinoid product in solid form
  • 72 ounces cannabinoid product in liquid form
  • 10 marijuana seeds; AND
  • 4 immature marijuana plants.

PRIVATE possession limits for recreational users:

Recreational users of legal age may possess the following amount of marijuana and marijuana products on private property:

  • 8 ounces usable marijuana (dried leaves and flowers)
  • 1 ounce cannabinoid extracts or concentrates (must be purchased from a licensed marijuana retailer)
  • 16 ounces cannabinoid product in solid form
  • 72 ounces cannabinoid product in liquid form
  • 10 marijuana seeds; AND
  • 4 marijuana plants

There are additional restrictions to consider:

Landlords possess the right to restrict the use and growth of marijuana on their property. Check with your landlord regarding their rules about using marijuana, growing marijuana, or making goods containing marijuana in their home or property.

The use, growing, transportation and possession of marijuana on federal property (including Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service land) remains prohibited.

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If you have a question that’s not answered here, take a look at the full list of FAQs or contact OLCC staff. We’ll do our best to get you the information you need based on what we know now. Additional information is available at marijuana.oregon.gov.

Gifting and giveaways by individuals is allowed, but may not include any financial consideration.

What are the limits on gifting and giveaways?

Gifting of recreational marijuana to adults 21 and older is allowed, so long as the amount gifted falls within the personal possession limits and no financial consideration associated with the transfer.

Financial consideration includes: cover charges, admission, donations, tip jars, raffles, fundraiser events, purchase required, barter or sales. It is considered the same as selling marijuana when money, goods or services are exchanged directly or indirectly for marijuana.

Gifting of extracts purchased from a licensed retailer is allowed, but not homemade extracts (as homemade extracts are not allowed under personal possession laws).

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What’s Legal?

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Driving under the influence of marijuana remains illegal. Please be responsible.

Can I drive when I’ve used marijuana?

Driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) refers to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated or drugged, including impairment from the use of marijuana.

Please be responsible.

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Adults 21 and older can use recreational marijuana at home or on private property. You can’t use recreational marijuana in public places.

Where can I use recreational marijuana?

Adults 21 and older can use recreational marijuana at home or on private property. You can’t use recreational marijuana in public places.

Public places are places to which the general public has access. This includes, but is not limited to: common areas in apartments and hotels; highways and streets; schools; parks and playgrounds; premises used for public passenger transportation (such as bus stops); and amusement parks.

A good rule of thumb: If someone outside of your home can see you, you’re probably in public.

Bars and restaurants
OLCC rules prohibit any marijuana consumption at a premise with a liquor license. Allowing marijuana use may put an establishment’s liquor license in jeopardy. In addition, smoking and vaping in most businesses is limited by the Indoor Clean Air Act.

Landlord-owned residences
Landlords possess the right to restrict the use and growth of marijuana on their property. Check with your landlord regarding their rules about using marijuana, growing marijuana, or making goods containing marijuana in their home or property.

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If you have a question that’s not answered here, take a look at the full list of FAQs or contact OLCC staff. We’ll do our best to get you the information you need based on what we know now. Additional information is available at marijuana.oregon.gov.

You cannot take marijuana in or out of the state, even to other states where it is legal.

Can I travel with recreational marijuana?

You can’t buy marijuana in another state and bring it into Oregon, nor can you take it from Oregon across state lines. That includes to and from Washington and California where recreational marijuana is also legal. Taking marijuana across state lines is a federal offense.

Driving within the state of Oregon:
If you are 21 or older, you may drive with marijuana in your vehicle within the legal possession limits.

Flying within the state of Oregon:
The Portland International Airport does allow airline passengers flying within the state to board with the legal public possession amount (1 ounce) of marijuana on them. However, smoking marijuana onboard the plane is strictly prohibited.

If the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) finds marijuana on a passenger, they’ll notify airport police, who will confirm that the passenger is not exceeding the 1 ounce legal limit for public possession, the passenger’s age, and the boarding pass destination to make sure they are flying to a destination within the state. Travelers who are traveling outside of the state will be asked to dispose of the marijuana before being allowed to carry on with their travel plans.

Still illegal on federal land:
The use, growing, transportation and possession of marijuana on federal property (including Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service land) is prohibited.

Tribal land is sovereign and rules may be different:
Federally recognized Indian Reservations possess the right to enter into agreements with the State of Oregon to grow and sell marijuana on their reservations, but they may also disallow possession and use on their sovereign land. Be sure to check local restrictions before traveling to or through Tribal land with marijuana.

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Oregon is committed to creating a well regulated industry, and to preventing underage marijuana use.

How will a well-regulated industry impact Oregon?

To create a well-regulated and prosperous industry, the State of Oregon has enacted several safeguards and structures that both support businesses and also seek to protect people and communities. These include:

  • Oversight and monitoring for each “link” of the supply chain, from seed to sale.
  • Establishing limits for possession, sales and public consumption (and allowing local communities to opt-out of the market).
  • Creating product testing, packaging and labeling requirements and other protections for consumers.
  • Enforcing child-resistant packaging regulations to keep marijuana out of the hands of children.
  • Developing a youth prevention campaign to discourage underage use. (For more information regarding youth marijuana prevention please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s Stay True to You campaign website.)

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*DISCLAIMER: Employers, landlords and licensing bodies maintain discretion to enforce their own regulations as far as the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by employees, tenants and licensees. Federally recognized Tribes are subject to their own governance and may or may not permit marijuana on their sovereign land. Marijuana is not allowed on federal land.

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    In Oregon, it's legal for adults 21 and older to possess and use recreational marijuana… with limits.

    Oregon Marijuana Laws

    With the passing of Measure 91, recreational dispensaries are open for business to conduct sales, permitting adults 21 and older to purchase and possess marijuana (in addition to serving medical patients).

    Possession

    In Oregon, possession laws are different for marijuana use at home versus away from home (Public vs. Private), which extend to edibles and other marijuana products. Because of this, it is advised that smokers who possess cannabis when away from home should always have an I.D. on them for proof of age.

    If you are of legal age and are in a public place, you may possess:

    1 ounce of usable cannabis (i.e. dried flower)
    • 24 ounces of usable cannabis if you are a registered Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMPP) cardholder or caregiver
  • 1 ounce of cannabis concentrates or extracts
    • Note: Cannabis concentrates must be purchased from a licensed retail location, possession of homemade concentrates remains illegal.
  • 16 ounces of cannabis edibles in solid form
    72 ounces of cannabis products in liquid form
    10 cannabis seeds
    • 50 seeds if you are a registered Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMPP) cardholder
  • 4 immature cannabis plants

    If you are of legal age and are in a private residence or property, you may possess up to 8 ounces of usable cannabis (i.e. dried flower). All other possession limits remain the same as public possession.

    Please note that property owners and landlords reserve the right to allow or deny marijuana use or cultivation on their property. It is always advisable to check with your landlord or property owner before consuming or cultivating cannabis on their property.

    Purchasing Limits

    If you are 21 years of age or older and possess a valid government-issued ID, you are able to purchase cannabis flower, seeds, clones, edibles, concentrates and several other products containing cannabinoids. However, there are limitations on the amounts of each you are able to purchase from a licensed retailer.

    If you are of legal age and possess a valid ID, you are able to purchase:

    1 ounce of usable cannabis (i.e. dried flower)
    • 24 ounces of usable cannabis if you are a registered Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMPP) cardholder or caregiver
  • 5 grams of cannabis concentrates or extracts
    16 ounces of cannabis edibles in solid form
    72 ounces of cannabis products in liquid form
    10 cannabis seeds
    4 immature cannabis plants

    Qualifying Conditions

    A patient with any of the following conditions may be qualified to receive medical marijuana:

    • Cancer
    • Glaucoma
    • A degenerative or pervasive neurological condition=
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
    • A medical condition or treatment for a medical condition that produces one or more of the following:
      • Cachexia (a weight-loss disease that can be caused by HIV or cancer)
      • Severe pain
      • Severe nausea
      • Seizures, including but not limited to seizures caused by epilepsy
      • Persistent muscle spasm, including but not limited to spasms caused by multiple sclerosis

    The application fee is $200. Individuals receiving certain benefits from the state, such as SNAP, may apply for reduced fees. Get Your Card

    Gifting Recreational Cannabis

    Gifting of recreational cannabis between two adults 21 years of age or older is permitted, but only if the gifted amount does not exceed possession limits and the gift-giver does not accept any financial consideration.

    Financial consideration can be defined in multiple ways, listed as follows:

    Money
    Goods or services
    Cover charges
    Admission fees
    Donations
    Raffles
    Fundraisers
    Sales

    If any of the above-listed items are accepted as final consideration, the transaction is no longer considered a gift and is subsequently considered illegal and punishable by law.

    Store Hours

    Under Measure 91, licensed retailers are authorized to dispense marijuana to adults 21 years of age or older between the hours of 7:00 am and 10:00 pm local time. However, store owners have the right to operate at any time within these hours, so be sure to check ahead of time to confirm the exact opening and closing times.

    Consumption

    Smoking marijuana in public in Oregon is illegal, even if you’re smoking with an often-discreet vape pen. As a result, you can only consume at home or on private property. This means no bars, community parks, public outdoor smoking areas, on buses and airplanes, or federal land. Getting busted smoking weed in public could result in negative legal ramifications including fines and even jail time. Social Lounges

    Counties and Cities Banning Recreational Marijuana Sales

    Oregon has adopted a similar policy as Colorado, which allows for local cities and counties to decide for themselves if they will allow recreational marijuana stores. Please note that cities and counties have their own laws, so a county may ban recreational stores, but a city located within that county may allow them. Vice versa, a city may ban but the county may allow. Personal possession is allowed regardless if a city/county allows recreational stores or not.

    Driving Under the Influence

    In Oregon, driving with any amount of THC in your system could get you a driving under the influence (DUI) charge. However, because THC can stay in your system for up to 30 days, it makes it hard to prove whether or not you smoked prior to or while driving. The best way to avoid this is to not smoke and drive at all. If you are caught driving under the influence of marijuana you could face jail time and fines as well as a suspended driver’s license or the judge could order an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle at your cost. Oregon has taken a hard stance on this and considers any presence of THC to be evidence of impairment.

    Medical Marijuana

    The legalization of recreational marijuana through Measure 91 doesn’t directly affect Oregon’s medical marijuana program. However it has greatly reduced it has a side effect. There are currently only 3 “med-only” dispensaries left in the state. Certain Rec dispensaries can sell to medical patients if they carry what the state considers “medical-grade” cannabis. These sales are not subject to the same taxation as Rec product. The Oregon Medical Marijuana Act protects users from criminal charges concerning possession, production, and delivery. To apply for a medical marijuana card visit the Oregon Public Health Department’s website and fill out an application. You’ll need to have your doctor complete the Attending Physician Statement. You’ll also need a valid photo ID and $200 for the application fee. If you receive benefits from the government, like food stamps, this fee can be reduced. You’ll receive your card within 30 days after submitting your application.

    In terms of reciprocity, Oregon doesn’t recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards by law.

    Transporting and Exporting Marijuana

    Similar to laws in other recreational states, under measure 91, it is strictly illegal to transport marijuana across state lines, even if both states allow recreational marijuana. However, there are several allowances for transporting marijuana within the state.

    You are legally allowed to drive with marijuana in your vehicle, so long as you are within the legal possession limits and have your marijuana stored away from the driver in a child-proof container.

    Additionally, you are able to board a plane in Oregon with the legal public possession limit if you are flying within the state. You may not smoke or open the container on the plane and you may not bring marijuana with you if you are traveling outside of the state. If you are trying to board a plane flying out of state, you will be asked to dispose of the marijuana before boarding.

    Federal Land and Properties in Oregon

    Remember what we said about marijuana still being illegal in the eyes of the federal government. That means that your right to possess recreational marijuana does not apply on federal or tribal lands in Oregon. That includes national forests, national parks, national monuments, military bases, federal courthouses, and other federal properties. You can’t consume, grow, transport, or possess marijuana on any federal lands managed by federal agencies like the National Parks Service and the Bureau of Land Management. If you’re caught cultivating or lighting up at a federal park you could face a hefty fine of up to $250,000 and jail time.

    Cultivation

    Under current Oregon law, if you are 21 years of age or older, you are allowed to grow up to four plants per household, but they must be kept out of public view. If you grow outside, hide them with a tall fence or other barrier. The limit per household is four plants, regardless of how many adults live there. As the state explicitly notes, “Four adults in one residence does not mean 16 plants.” If you grow more than four plants and are caught, you could face fines of up to $125,000 and prison time.

    Approved medical cannabis patients and their caregivers can apply to grow up to 6 mature plants and 12 immature plants.

    Note that if you live within 1,000 feet of a school, you are forbidden from growing at your residence, however this law could change in the future. In the meantime, don’t even think about doing it or you could face 25 years in prison and up to $375,000 in fines. Explore Strains

    Delivery

    Medical cannabis delivery is permitted throughout Oregon. Recreational cannabis delivery is available in some cities and towns, but not all. Similar to other states with legalized cannabis, localities can choose to permit or ban delivery.

    Legal information about medical and recreational marijuana laws in Oregon, including Portland, Eugene and Salem.