Legal status of marijuana in the state of Oregon

Legal status of marijuana in the state of Oregon


Oregon was one of the first states in the country to start a medical marijuana program back in 1998 and at the moment medical marijuana is legal for patients with a prescription from a licensed physician in Oregon.

A medical marijuana patient is allowed to up to 24 oz (680 grams) of usable marijuana as well as up to 5 mature plants and 18 immature seedlings.

The qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Oregon include:

  • A degenerative or pervasive neurological condition
  • Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Persistent muscle spasms (including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Seizures (including those characteristic of epilepsy)
  • Severe nausea
  • Severe or chronic pain


Oregon legalized the use of cannabis for recreational purposes in 2015, allowing adults over 21 years of age to possess up to 8 oz (226 grams) in their private homes. It also allows them to cultivate up to 4 plants for personal use.

In public, adults are allowed to posses up to 1 oz (28 grams) of marijuana.

If you get caught with more than the allowed 1 oz in public, you will most certainly get in trouble with the law. Possession of between 1-2 oz of cannabis is punishable with a fine of up to $650.

Getting caught in public with between 2-4 oz of cannabis is punishable by up to 6 months in jail and up to $2,500. More than 4 oz is good for up to 1 year in jail and a fine of up to $6,250.

We are not aware of any possible law changes in the (near) future in Oregon regarding medical and/or recreational cannabis.