Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

An individual or entity should not rely on these FAQs to determine compliance with Oregon Medical Marijuana Program rules.

The questions and answers presented here do not constitute legal advice.

What is the legal age to use 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, and dried leaves and flowers from approved medical marijuana dispensaries. Keep in mind that not all medical dispensaries will be allowed (or choose) to sell recreational marijuana – you can find a list of approved dispensaries here.

Purchasing limits are in place for recreational users who buy marijuana from medical dispensaries. Only one quarter ounce of dried leaves and flowers may be purchased by a retail customer in one day. There is no limit on the number or amount of seeds that can be sold. And a medical marijuana dispensary may only sell four immature marijuana plants to the same individual between October 1, 2015 and December 31, 2016.

If you’re 21 and older, you can also grow up to 4 plants on your property, possess up to 8 ounces of usable marijuana (dried marijuana flowers or leaves that are ready to smoke) in your home and carry up to 1 ounce in public. Recreational marijuana cannot be used in public, however.

How much can I possess?

Adults 21 and older can grow up to 4 plants on their property, possess up to 8 ounces of usable marijuana (dried marijuana flowers or leaves that are ready to smoke) in their home and carry up to 1 ounce in public. Recreational marijuana cannot be used in public, however.

Recreational users of legal age may purchase seeds, immature marijuana plants, and dried leaves and flowers from approved medical marijuana dispensaries. Keep in mind that not all medical dispensaries will be allowed (or choose) to sell recreational marijuana.

Purchasing limits are in place for recreational users who buy marijuana from medical dispensaries. Only one quarter ounce of dried leaves and flowers may be purchased by a retail customer in one day. There is no limit on the number or amount of seeds that can be sold. And a medical marijuana dispensary may only sell four immature marijuana plants to the same individual between October 1, 2015 and December 31, 2016.

On January 4, 2016, OLCC will begin accepting license applications from those who want to operate retail marijuana outlets or commercially grow, process or wholesale marijuana. Licensed stores are likely to open in late 2016.

What about driving?

Driving under the influence of marijuana remains illegal. 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.

Can I travel with 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. Taking marijuana across state lines is a federal offense.

Who can purchase recreational marijuana products?

Adults age 21 and older who prove their age with government-issued photo identification, verified by a dispensary employee, can purchase recreational marijuana products from a dispensary.

How much can I grow at home?

Adults 21 and older can grow up to 4 plants per residence, regardless of how many people live in the residence. For example, two adults in one residence can only have 4 plants.

If you’re 21 and older, you can also possess up to 8 ounces of usable marijuana (dried marijuana flowers or leaves that are ready to smoke) in your home and carry up to 1 ounce in public. Recreational marijuana cannot be used in public, however.

Recreational users of legal age may purchase seeds, immature marijuana plants, and dried leaves and flowers from approved medical marijuana dispensaries. Keep in mind that not all medical dispensaries will be allowed (or choose) to sell recreational marijuana.

Purchasing limits are in place for recreational users who buy marijuana from medical dispensaries. Only one quarter ounce of dried leaves and flowers may be purchased by a retail customer in one day. There is no limit on the number or amount of seeds that can be sold. And a medical marijuana dispensary may only sell 4 immature marijuana plants to the same individual between October 1, 2015 and December 31, 2016.

Are dispensaries still required to collect information about medical marijuana cardholders?

Yes. Dispensaries must record:

  • A copy of the patient’s or caregiver’s OMMP identification card;
  • A copy of the person’s government photo identification;
  • The amount of usable marijuana transferred in metric units, if applicable;
  • The number of seeds or immature plants, if applicable;
  • The amount of medical cannabinoid product concentrate, or extract, if applicable;
  • The brand name of the marijuana item and a description of what was transferred, if applicable;
  • The date of the transfer; and
  • The amount of money paid by a patient or a designated primary caregiver.
How much marijuana can retail customers purchase from a dispensary?

Retail customers can purchase one quarter ounce of dried leaves and flowers in one day. A medical marijuana dispensary may only sell four immature marijuana plants to the same individual until December 31, 2016.

What is the Oregon Health Authority doing to ensure there is enough medical marijuana available for OMMP cardholders now that recreational sales have begun?

OHA does not have the authority to ensure there is an ample supply of medical marijuana being provided by dispensaries.

Can retail customers purchase other marijuana products from dispensaries?

No. At this time, concentrates, extracts, edibles, topicals, tinctures, capsules, suppositories, transdermal patches and other marijuana products may only be sold to OMMP patients and caregivers.

Are dispensaries allowed to advertise, market or promote the prices of their products?

Rules regarding advertising can be found in OAR 333-008-2070. There is nothing in the rules that relates to pricing. However, marijuana retailers must comply with Oregon’s Unlawful Trade Practices Act, which prohibits deceptive marketing and promotion of consumer products.

Dispensaries must not promote products in a manner of shape or design that is likely to appeal to children and adolescents such as products modeled after an animal, vehicle, person or character.

Why are medical marijuana dispensaries selling recreational marijuana?

Senate Bill 460 directed Oregon Health Authority to allow registered medical marijuana dispensaries the option of selling limited recreational marijuana products (dried leaves and flowers, immature marijuana plants and seeds) to adults age 21 and older who prove their age with government-issued identification until December 31st, 2016.

Is there a tax on recreational marijuana sold by dispensaries?

Yes. As of January 4, 2016, a dispensary must collect a tax of 25% on all limited recreational marijuana product sales per rules adopted by the Department of Revenue. OMMP cardholders and their primary caregivers do not pay tax on medical marijuana sold by dispensaries. Individuals requesting medical marijuana must present their OMMP cards and picture identification.

How much marijuana can be transferred from a dispensary to a Patient or designated primary caregiver?

As of March 1, 2016, a dispensary may not transfer more than 24 ounces of useable marijuana, 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 in solid form or in a contained inhalant system, five grams of a cannabinoid extract in solid form or in a contained inhalant system, four immature marijuana plants and 50 seeds to the same patient or designated primary caretaker in the same day.

Do medical marijuana dispensaries have to inform the Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program they are planning to sell recreational marijuana

Yes. In order to conduct early retail sales, medical marijuana dispensaries must notify the Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program five days before starting retail sales. They must complete and sign the Early Retail Sales Notification form (pdf) that indicates they have reviewed the new rules and understand that failure to comply may result in action being taken against them.

May a dispensary provide free samples or give away marijuana products such as concentrates, extracts, edibles, topicals, tinctures, capsules, suppositories or transdermal patches to retail customers?

No. Dispensaries cannot give away, provide free samples or otherwise give or share any marijuana products to retail customers, inside or outside of the dispensary.