Is Weed Legal In Oregon? — A Primer On Oregon Marijuana Laws
The history of Oregon’s “marijuana movement” began in 1998 when locals passed Measure 67. This initiative created one of the nation’s first state-run Medical Marijuana Programs under the Oregon Health Authority.
Patients with a doctor’s note could now apply for a state-approved MMJ card on this website. Once the Oregon Health Authority approves an applicant, they could legally buy and use cannabis from licensed dispensaries. MMJ cardholders could also hire a caretaker to buy, grow, or transport their weed.
While Measure 67 was a big deal for Oregon’s cannabis community, it wasn’t until 2014 that recreational weed became legal. During this year, voters passed Measure 91, which allows anyone over 21 to buy and use cannabis from state-approved dispensaries. Adults just have to reserve their recreational cannabis buds for at-home use.
New statistics suggest there are now 16 cannabis dispensaries per 100,000 Oregonians. Unsurprisingly, most of these dispensaries are in big cities like Portland, Eugene, and Medford.
Here are a few of the most popular dispensaries now operating in Oregon:
As a side note: Oregon is the first state to decriminalize all hard drugs. However, this doesn’t mean substances like heroin and cocaine are legal to buy, sell, or use. It only means that possessing or using small quantities of these drugs no longer carries criminal charges.
Oregon has also positioned itself as one of the leaders in the legal psychedelics movement. As of 2021, Oregon patients could legally apply to take psilocybin mushrooms in a controlled setting.