Oregon has a history with marijuana that dates back to 1973, when it became the first state to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. Marijuana consumers found in possession of cannabis faced only a fine, but those in possession of large amounts faced criminal charges. As of 2014 though, Oregon voters ended their state’s prohibition of marijuana to legalize adult use and possession of marijuana while also regulating and taxing the sales of limited amounts of marijuana to individuals 21 and older.
Oregon has always been a leader in marijuana reform since it first decriminalized small amounts of the drug. After that step, the state only continued to move forward because in 1998 Oregon legalized medical marijuana along with a few other states including Washington, Arizona, and Nevada. Now, patients in Oregon with qualifying conditions can grow or have marijuana grown for them in order to treat their pain. Both medical and recreational marijuana are now legal in the state, but the laws are always evolving because state lawmakers continue to address issues that affect Oregon’s marijuana industry.