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The Rules Around Legal Weed in Oregon 

Frequently Asked Questions About Oregonian Cannabis


hether you've been in our fair state since recreational marijuana became legal on July 1, 2015, or this is your first foray into all things cannabis in Oregon, here are some questions that we—and the fine dispensaries and cannabis businesses of our region—hear often.

Where can I get the goods?

  • The dispensaries listed in this Leaflet, for one—and other dispensaries licensed by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission throughout the state.

How much can I have?

Here are the deets on the limits, straight from the OLCC:

Personal possession is limited to:

  • 1 ounce of usable marijuana in a public place (as in, marijuana that's ready to smoke/consume)
  • 8 ounces of usable marijuana
  • 16 ounces of a cannabinoid product in solid form
  • 72 ounces of a cannabinoid product in liquid form
  • 5 grams of cannabinoid extracts or concentrates, sold alone or contained in an inhalant delivery system
  • Four immature marijuana plants
  • 10 marijuana seeds

What do I have to know before I go buy pot at a dispensary?

Many dispensaries only accept cash due to federal banking restrictions. Also, you'll need a legal I.D. to be admitted into the room selling the flower/extracts/etc. That can include a driver's license, passport, tribal I.D., etc.—as long as the I.D. is valid. Seriously, don't try to walk in with an expired license. You will walk back out an unfulfilled stoner. When you get inside, let your budtender know what you're looking for—or that you don't know what you're doing. Don't worry, partner—they've done this before.

I'm 18, so I can smoke recreational marijuana now, right?

Nope. You have to be 21—and that includes consuming at home.

So I can smoke outside my favorite bar/restaurant, right?

Sorry, friends, but no. As of now, cannabis industry advocates are working toward establishing public consumption laws, but for now, you can't smoke or use marijuana in a public place. That includes patios and outside areas at bars and restaurants. If you do use marijuana there, it's really not cool, because it puts that place's liquor license in jeopardy. Public places, according to the OLCC, include "hallways, lobbies, and other parts of apartment houses and hotels not constituting rooms or apartments designed for actual residence, and highways, streets, schools, places of amusement, parks, playgrounds and premises used in connection with public passenger transportation."

So where can I smoke/consume pot?

To be brief, on private property. If your landlord disallows it, that's legit and within the letter of the law, so you'll have to find somewhere else.

Can I take my pot into Washington and California, since it's legal in those states?

No. It's illegal to take your marijuana across state lines. Do so and risk a federal offense.

Will I risk a DUII if I'm under the influence of marijuana while driving?

Yep. According to the OLCC: "Driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) refers to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated or drugged, including impairment from the use of marijuana."

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