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Oregon has long been a very marijuana-friendly state, and it was the first to decriminalize cannabis in 1973. On November 3rd, 1998 Oregon legalized medical marijuana. Initiative 91, which passed in the November 2014 election, legalized recreational marijuana for anyone ages 21 and over. The implementation of recreational marijuana use began on July 1st, 2015.
SB-460 passed in July 2015, which allows Oregon Medical Dispensaries to make sales to anyone over 21, not just medical patients. Oregon is also one of the only states that allows out of state residents to obtain a medical marijuana card. The sale of marijuana to minors or within 1000 feet of a school is still considered a felony offense.
The Oregon Legalized Marijuana Initiative, Measure 91 passed on November 4, 2014! This is the measure that legalized recreational marijuana for people ages 21 and older. Under the law, adults are allowed to possess up to eight ounces of dried marijuana and up to four plants. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission regulates marijuana sales.
A notable part of Oregon’s marijuana culture is the artist-driven movement of beautiful handmade glass pipes and bongs. Bob Snodgrass is one of the visionaries that lead the movement, which started during the Grateful Dead Era. To this day, Eugene, Oregon is known as a glass blowing mecca and the city’s art is sold all around the world.
Although there are not currently any vapor lounges or “coffee” bars that allow you to light up like you can in Amsterdam, there are a number of businesses in Oregon that fall into the speakeasy category and allow marijuana consumption. You will not find them listed publicly as they are operating in a legal grey area, but they do exist.
The best advice we can give for tourists looking to partake in the cannabis culture is discretion. It’s best to keep your marijuana use out of public areas, but if you must smoke out in the open, a discreet vape pen is your best option.
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Is Marijuana Legal in Oregon?
Yes! You only need to be over the age of 21 to make a purchase at Oregon medical dispensaries.
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 any medical marijuana dispensary across the state or 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?
Under the Medical Possession Law, the Patient Possession limit is twenty-four ounces of usable cannabis (1.5 pounds). For cultivation, medical patients are allowed to possess six (6) mature cannabis plants and 18 immature seedlings.
Under the Recreational Possession Law, Initiative 91, Recreational users may possess one ounce (28 grams) of dried usable marijuana away from the home and eight ounces (a half-pound) of dried usable marijuana at home. The possession limit for Extracts and Concentrates is 1 ounce (28 grams) of extract for inhalation. For edibles, it is 16 ounces of infused product in edible form or 72 ounces in beverage form. For cultivation, four (4) marijuana plants are allowed total per household.
It will be up to each shop/dispensary to decide how much they will sell at one time.
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.
When will Marijuana be legal, and when will new Marijuana laws take place in Oregon?
SB 460 has sped up implementation of Initiative 91. As of October 1st, 2015 OMMP Licensed Dispensaries will be allowed to sell marijuana to anyone over the age of 21. Recreational Shops are anticipated to open starting in January 2016.
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.
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Nothing on this website should be considered legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. Please respect the current state of Marijuana law in your area.