Is Cannabis Legal In Oregon?

In July 2015, the state of Oregon passed the bill SB-460, permitting medical marijuana dispensaries to sell to any adults over the age of 21, for both recreational and medical purposes. This bill differs to the legalization of recreational cannabis in other states, that legalized the use of the plant but not the public selling (which will later be amended in 2018). Dispensaries are now permitted to sell concentrates, edibles (such as food, candies, or drinks), transdermal products (such as lotions, creams, and massage oils), seed, and clones (already grown cannabis plants).

While marijuana may have been legalized in Oregon, it's not without its limitations. Oregon dispensaries are not permitted to sell marijuana to minors or within 1,000 feet of a school. Residents are also asked to keep personal plants indoors and out of plain site to discourage theft or consumption by children or animals.

Adults are also limited to possessing up to eight ounces of dried marijuana and up to four plants at a time. While you may not find a number of vapor lounges or bars, there are pre-existing bars and restaurants that allow marijuana consumption. Tourists are allowed to purchase marijuana in Oregon, provided that they are over the age of 21 and do not attempt to take any marijuana outside of state borders.

However, legally, adults must enjoy marijuana in the comfort of their own home. While breaking this law won't result in a felony, it can certainly land you with a pricey ticket.

Since legal use of cannabis is relatively new in Oregon, the laws continue to change regularly. Which is why it's important to always be aware of the current state laws prior to purchasing or using cannabis, and try to follow the rules to avoid facing any federal trouble.


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