You are legally allowed to drive with marijuana in your vehicle, so long as you are within the legal possession limits and have your marijuana stored away from the driver in a child-proof container.
In Oregon, driving with any amount of THC in your system could get you a driving under the influence (DUI) charge. However, because THC can stay in your system for up to 30 days, it makes it hard to prove whether or not you smoked prior to or while driving. The best way to avoid this is to not smoke and drive at all. If you are caught driving under the influence of marijuana you could face jail time and fines as well as a suspended driver’s license or the judge could order an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle at your cost. Oregon has taken a hard stance on this and considers any presence of THC to be evidence of impairment.
Under current Oregon law, if you are 21 years of age or older, you are allowed to grow up to four plants per household, but they must be kept out of public view. If you grow outside, hide them with a tall fence or other barrier. If you grow more than four plants and are caught, you could face fines of up to $125,000 and prison time.
Please note that property owners and landlords reserve the right to allow or deny marijuana use or cultivation on their property. It is always advisable to check with your landlord or property owner before consuming or cultivating cannabis on their property.
In terms of reciprocity, Oregon doesn’t recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards by law. However, a recent court of appeals decision may have overturned that, but it remains unclear. For those trying to use their Oregon medical marijuana cards out of state, only the following states will recognize the card:
In Oregon, possession laws are different for marijuana use at home versus away from home (Public vs. Private), which extend to edibles and other marijuana products. Because of this, it is advised that smokers who possess cannabis when away from home should always have an I.D. on them for proof of age.
Gifting of recreational cannabis between two adults 21 years of age or older is permitted, but only if the gifted amount does not exceed possession limits and the gift-giver does not accept any financial consideration.
The legalization of recreational marijuana through Measure 91 doesn’t affect Oregon’s medical marijuana program. The Oregon Medical Marijuana Act protects users from criminal charges concerning possession, production, and delivery. To apply for a medical marijuana card visit the Oregon Public Health Department’s website and fill out an application. You’ll need to have your doctor complete the Attending Physician Statement. You’ll also need a valid photo ID and $200 for the application fee. If you receive benefits from the government, like food stamps, this fee can be reduced. You’ll receive your card within 30 days after submitting your application.
If you are 21 years of age or older and possess a valid government-issued ID, you are able to purchase cannabis flower, seeds, clones, edibles, concentrates and several other products containing cannabinoids. However, there are limitations on the amounts of each you are able to purchase from a licensed retailer.
Legal information about medical and recreational marijuana laws in Oregon, including Portland, Eugene and Salem.