Legal States

Oregon Medical Marijuana Qualification

Who Qualifies for Medicinal Marijuana in Oregon

On November 3, 1998, 55% of Oregon voters approved Measure 67, which established the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act and removed state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of medical marijuana (also referred to as medical weed, medical pot or medical cannabis) by patients who obtain a recommendation from an Oregon lisenced doctor of medicine (MD) or doctor of osteopathy (DO) stating that “marijuana may mitigate the symptoms or effects of the person’s debilitating medical condition." Under Oregon state law, patients (or their primary caregivers) may legally possess up to six mature cannabis plants, 18 immature seedlings, and 24 ounces of usable cannabis. Qualifying patients must register as a medical marijuana patient with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program, which is administered by the Oregon Department of Health Services (DHS).

Read the full text of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act here.

How to Qualify for Medical Marijuana in Oregon

  • You must be a US citizen. You do not have to be an Oregon resident. Oregon allows patients from all states to qualify for medical marijuana.
  • Obtain a copy of your medical records indicating diagnosis of a qualifying condition, as listed below. Learn how to request your medical records and remember to bring these records with you to your marijuana evaluation appointment.
  • Obtain written certificationfrom a doctor of medicine (MD) or doctor of osteopathy (DO), licensed in the state of Oregon that that you are a qualifying patient. You can find a qualified medical marijuana physician in Oregon here.
  • Register with and receive a registry identification card (aka medical marijuana card) from the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program. Currently, residents of any state are permitted to register with the OMMP.

What Ailments Can Be Treated with Medical Cannabis?

Patients in Oregon diagnosed with the following illnesses are afforded legal protection under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act:

  • Cancer, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, or treatment for these conditions;
  • A medical condition or treatment for a medical condition that produces, for a specific patient, one or more of the following:

Medical Marijuana Access

Some medical marijuana patients will claim they have a doctor's prescription for medical marijuana, but marijuana prescriptions are in fact illegal. The federal government classifies marijuana as a schedule I drug. Therefore doctors are unable to prescribe marijuana to their patients, and medical marijuana patients cannot go to a pharmacy to fill a prescription for medical marijuana. Instead, medical marijuana physicians will supply patients with a medical marijuana recommendation in compliance with state law.

According to Oregon medical marijuana law, patients or their primary caregivers may grow medical marijuana for the patient's private use (as long as they provide the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program with the address of the grow site) and may possess legally possess up to 24 ounces of usable marijuana, six mature marijuana plants, and 18 seedlings. The Oregon Medical Marijuana Act does not make any provisions for a supply or source from which to purchase medical cannabis.

How to Contact the Oregon Department of Human Services

Mailing Address:
Oregon Department of Human Services
800 NE Oregon St.
Portland, OR 97232

Phone Number:

(503) 731-4000