The registry process is as follows:
To buy medical marijuana from a dispensary, patients must follow Oregon dispensary rules and show a valid OMMP card. While there is no reciprocity for out-of-state medical marijuana patients, non-residents aged 21 and older can purchase cannabis from the adult-use market.
The Oregon Health Authority oversees all licensing and regulatory oversight of the OMMP.
Patients must have a qualifying condition and a doctor’s recommendation to obtain a medical marijuana card. The physician must be a licensed Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) and be the patient’s primary physician.
What does OMMP stand for?
Gifting to adults ages 21 and older is allowed if it doesn’t exceed possession limits. It cannot include a financial transaction — such as a raffle, cover charge, or donation. The state considers these actions a marijuana sale. Extracts and concentrates purchased from licensed retailers are allowed but homemade ones are illegal.
The law that legalized the recreational use of marijuana in Oregon is the Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act, or Measure 91. If you’re looking for possession limits, you can find those on this page under Possessing Cannabis or on the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s FAQ page.
Patients on public assistance programs and veterans pay reduced fees. Once approved, patients will need to go through an OMMP renewal every year.
Frequently asked questions
A patient may designate a caregiver to help them obtain, use, or grow cannabis. Patients younger than 18 must assign a caregiver. Caregivers must be at least 21 years old and Oregon residents with valid state or federal identification.
Patients may designate a caregiver on their medical card application.
A patient with any of the following conditions may be qualified to receive medical marijuana:
4 immature cannabis plants
Approved medical cannabis patients and their caregivers can apply to grow up to 6 mature plants and 12 immature plants.
Driving Under the Influence
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.
If you choose to use, make sure to allow enough time for the effect to completely wear off before you drive.
The OLCC oversees six license types; producer, processor, wholesaler, retailer, laboratory, and research licenses. Once products get into the OLCC system, they can only be transferred between OLCC licensed facilities, until they are sold to the end user by a retailer or destroyed, and must be recorded in the Cannabis Tracking System, METRC, which provides seed-to-sale tracking. OLCC rules limit how product can flow between license types and licensees.
Oregon has strict laws regarding driving under the influence of an intoxicant, DUII (Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, also known as a DUI). Oregon DUII laws are applied in the same manner with alcohol or marijuana–both are considered intoxicants. For a first offence DUII, a diversion program may be available if the offender was not involved in an accident. This program allows the offender to complete a substance abuse program and be on probation for a period of time. If he successfully completes the diversion program, the DUII charge is dropped and the person will not have a DUII conviction on their record. If it is a second offence, or the offender is not eligible for the diversion program, there is a mandatory minimum jail sentence of 2 days plus substantial fines and the offender must complete a substance abuse program. It is also illegal to consume marijuana in a vehicle even if you are not impaired, similar to open container laws.
Transporting Cannabis And Its Derivatives
In 2005, Oregon created the current medical card program and allowed the patient to reimburse their growers for certain growing expenses. They also increased the allowable limit to 24 ounces of usable cannabis and six plants. In 2012, Oregon created a medical registry system which permitted medical marijuana dispensaries by state-issued license.
The OMMP program is currently in severe decline. In the past year, the number of medical patients has dropped approximately by half and there only 5 OMMP licensed dispensaries, down from about 400 at the peak of the medical program.
Driving While High
Measure 91 (M91) allows any individual over the age of 21 to grow, purchase, and possess cannabis in limited quantities. There is no residency requirement to purchase, possess, or use marijuana, nor are non-residents prohibited from owning and operating OLCC licensed cannabis businesses. Public consumption remains illegal, though the Oregon State legislature will be considering public consumption during the 2019 legislative session.
Because industrial hemp and cannabis are the same plant species, there is naturally confusion under federal law. In 2014, Congress passed the 2014 Farm Bill which included provisions for industrial hemp. The Farm Bill defines hemp in the same way as Oregon and allows states to grow industrial hemp for experimental purposes under the supervision of a university or a state department of agriculture. Oregon’s industrial hemp program was created under the 2014 Farm Bill.