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Recreational Cannabis in the U.S.A: Oregon

By Whitney Abrams | July 27, 2017

In July of 2015, Oregon became the fourth state in the US to legalize recreational cannabis when Measure 91 came into effect.

Under Oregon law, adults 21 years of age or older are allowed to legally purchase and consume recreational cannabis. A maximum of one ounce of dried cannabis may be purchased at a time. If you are above the legal age, you may keep up to eight ounces of dried cannabis in their homes, and up to one ounce outside of the home.  Non-residents are able to legally purchase and consume so long as they are of age.

Personal cultivation is limited at four plants per household, for those over the age of 21.  As per usual, the plants must be kept out of the view of the public.  Plants may be grown outdoors so long as they are hidden effectively.  The only exception is households within 1,000 feet of schools.  For those households, home-grow is strictly prohibited and could result in significant fines and/or jail time.

Recreational cannabis consumption in a “public place” is illegal in Oregon.  This includes bars, restaurants, and venue spaces that hold licenses to serve and sell alcohol.

Storefront retail licenses are issued by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (the “OLCC”).  All licensed retailers are listed on the OLCC website.  Only OLCC licensed retailers are entitled to sell recreational cannabis.  “Gifting” of recreational cannabis by an individual or a business is not permitted if financial consideration is in the mix.  Financial consideration includes: cover charges, admission, donations, tip jars, raffles, fundraiser events, etc.

Oregon law allows for local counties to regulate recreational cannabis retail.  There is a significant number of counties and cities within Oregon that have banned recreational cannabis facilities.  Despite this, personal possession is governed by the state and is permitted regardless of whether or not stores are banned in a specific region.  If you are curious, the record of cities and counties prohibiting licensed recreational cannabis facilities is available here.

Over the past year, Oregon has been very busy passing additional cannabis bills.  Among these bills includes Senate Bill 1057, Bill 302, and Bill 303. Bill 1057 plays a role in combining Oregon’s medical and recreational cannabis programs.  Both Bill 302 and 303 came into effect in April, which together remove some cannabis-related offenses from the state’s Uniform Controlled Substances Act.  Additionally, House Bill 2198, which is not yet law, will establish the “Oregon Cannabis Commission,” and also impacts radius restrictions related to retail dispensary locations within Oregon.

Continue to check Canada Cannabis Legal as we make our way through all of the recreational cannabis regimes across the U.S.A.


Whitney Abrams

Whitney Abrams

Whitney’s work focuses on providing regulatory advice and advocating on behalf of cannabis businesses in the North American market. She is a frequent contributor to Canada Cannabis Legal.
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Comments (3)

  1. Jules:
    Dec 29, 2018 at 12:53 AM

    Fascinating article. Very in depth. My one question is: from where would Canada import cannabis? Are there countries currently exporting cannabis legally? Uraguay seems like the most economical source, although shipping costs could be an issue.

  2. miss lena:
    Feb 24, 2019 at 01:52 PM


    All labels will need to be plain, not appealing to children, and make no health claims. For edibles, there may be no dietary claims, and for topicals, there may be no cosmetic claims. For all of the new product classes, packaging and labelling must not contain any elements that associate the product with an alcoholic beverage, alcohol, or an alcohol brand.

  3. miss lena:
    Feb 24, 2019 at 01:52 PM

    All labels will need to be plain, not appealing to children, and make no health claims. For edibles, there may be no dietary claims, and for topicals, there may be no cosmetic claims. For all of the new product classes, packaging and labelling must not contain any elements that associate the product with an alcoholic beverage, alcohol, or an alcohol brand.






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