by Kelsey Tidball
In 2015, Oregon became the third U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana. However, since the legalization, the laws and regulations surrounding recreational marijuana use have been complicated, to say the least. As a consumer, it is important to stay up-to-date with the most recent legislation in our state. In order to keep you smart, safe and informed, we have compiled a list of some of the most important legal details.
- Adults 21 and over are legally allowed to grow up to 4 plants at their home without having to notify public officials.
- Adults 21 and over are legally allowed to possess up to 8 ounces of consumable marijuana for personal use in their homes. When not at home, a user may only possess up to 1 ounce.
- Recreational distributors must hold an OLCC (Oregon Liquor Control Commission) recreational marijuana license.
- You may only purchase recreational marijuana from licensed distributors. The OLCC keeps a record of every licensed retail store on their website. Be sure to use this as a resource.
- The legal purchasing limit for an individual consumer is: 1) one ounce of usable marijuana if a recreational consumer, 2) 24 ounces of usable marijuana if a registered OMMP (Oregon Medical Marijuana Program) patient or designated primary caregiver, 3) 16 ounces of a cannabinoid product in solid form, 4) 72 ounces of a cannabinoid product in liquid form, 5) five grams of cannabinoid extracts or concentrates whether sold alone or contained in an inhalant delivery system, 6) four immature marijuana plants, or 7) ten marijuana seeds.
- Recreational users are not permitted to purchase medical grade marijuana. Medical grade marijuana will only be sold to OMMP registered patients.
- When travelling, leave your recreational marijuana at home. Because secure areas in airports and airliners are controlled by the federal government, TSA will confiscate any recreational marijuana you try to bring through security. Marijuana is not allowed in checked baggage, carry-ons, or anywhere on your person.
- Taking marijuana from one legal state to another is still a federal crime. It is illegal to carry recreational marijuana across state lines, even if both of those states have legalized it.
- Users may only consume marijuana in private spaces: your home, a friend’s home, etc. It is illegal to consume marijuana in public, which includes places like hotel and apartment building hallways and lobbies, a front porch or any outside area that is visible to the street, even if it is on your private property, the streets, schools, and public parks.
- Public consumption is illegal even if you are using a more discreet device such as a vape pen.
- Out-of-state visitors may legally purchase and possess recreational marijuana, but only while they are in Oregon. They will not be able to transport it back to their home state.
- Selling marijuana to a person under the age of 21 is a class C felony and is punishable by up to 5 years in prison.
- Landlords are given legal right to prohibit cannabis consumption and cultivation on their property.
- Riding your bike while under the influence of marijuana is just as illegal as driving while stoned, and may result in an arrest.
Generally, when it comes to recreational marijuana use, it is integral to stay informed. While many states are beginning to systematically decriminalize recreational marijuana use, the laws are still new, and new intricacies are being added all the time. It is possible to be a responsible recreational user, and knowing your rights and your limits will make for a more care-free recreational experience. Be sure to stay updated at oregon.gov/olcc/marijuana, and to do your research whenever you are unsure of the most current recreational rules and regulations.