Updated on October 27, 2021. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) regulates OMMA through the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP). There are many cultivators and dispensaries across the state of Oregon. And that is good news for patients for two reasons; they don’t have to drive far to a dispensary, and the cost of medical marijuana is very affordable.
Municipalities in Oregon were not happy, but patients were. On June 28th, 2021, Bill 864 died on the Senate floor. The legislation would have allowed towns and cities to add a local tax of 3% to 10% on all cannabis sales.
Organizations like the League of Oregon Cities(LOC) and the Association of Oregon Counties lobbied to get the bill passed. Municipalities have stated that changes, after Measure 110 was passed have put additional financial pressure on local municipal governments.
Measure 110 was approved in 2020, and it decriminalized possession of hard drugs. As long as the possession amount was small, municipalities have stated that changes After or for “personal use.” Decriminalization under Measure 110 does not apply to trafficking, illegal manufacturing, or any possession charge involving a violent crime.
In Measure 110, Oregon residents charged with drug possession would be referred to a drug treatment program for first-time offenders. And it is the cities and towns that have to pay for that alternative to incarceration.
Some municipalities stated that they would lose up to 73% of tax revenue generated from local cannabis sales financing the required new rehabilitation programs.
If you are eighteen (18) years of age or older and a permanent resident of Oregon, you can get an Oregon medical marijuana card. Before applying for your card, you must ensure you have at least one of the following qualifying health conditions required by the OMMP.
The qualifying health conditions are: PTSD, Alzheimer’s disease (agitated symptoms), Cancer, Glaucoma, Positive status HIV/AIDS, Seizure disorders, Muscle spasms, Severe, intractable pain, Severe and persistent nausea or vomiting, Cachexia, Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Spondylitis, Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and Degenerative disk disease.
The Oregon Medical Marijuana Program requires that the formal diagnosis of the qualifying health condition must not be older than 90-days. Suppose you received your diagnosis several years ago. In that case, you should have your primary care physician (PCP) update your diagnosis and symptoms on your medical file before you apply for your Oregon medical card and attend your medical marijuana health check.
Both adult-use and medical marijuana are now legal in Oregon. Patients may go to a dispensary that only serves people with a valid Oregon medical marijuana card. Or they can choose to go to a recreational cannabis dispensary.
The following cannabis products are legal to purchase in Oregon: Edibles, Extracts, Flower, Pre-rolls, Tinctures, Topical creams and ointments, and Vape oil
In Oregon, there is no sales tax on the purchase of consumer products. However, recreational cannabis is taxed at a 17% rate (2021) and then an additional 3% municipal tax for a total of 20% on every purchase.
Patients who have an Oregon medical card pay no taxes. No matter where they purchase their cannabis products (medical or recreational dispensary).
There is another benefit for patients who have an Oregon medical marijuana card. Medical card holders can purchase, possess and cultivate more cannabis than recreational users.
Patients with an Oregon medical card are allowed to buy: 24 ounces of cannabis, 72 fluid ounces of cannabis tinctures or liquid form, 5 grams of cannabis extracts, 16 ounces of medical cannabis in a solid form, and 50 cannabis seeds. You can also legally grow six mature cannabis plants and twelve immature plants taller than 24 inches when you have an Oregon medical card. Patients can also legally grow 36 green plants or seedlings.
Any patient with a qualifying health condition over eighteen (18) years of age in Oregon can apply for a medical card. It is up to the discretion of the referring doctor to determine if the patient may benefit from using medical cannabis for health symptoms.
Children under eighteen years must have a parent or legal guardian fill out a special form. The “Declaration of Person Responsible for a Minor to Participate in Oregon Medical Marijuana Program” is a simple consent form. This form has to accompany the medical card application for the minor.
There is always the option for patients to mail in their applications. However, that process takes longer for the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program to review and process. And that means waiting longer for your Oregon medical card.
Patients need to create an account online before scheduling an appointment for the health evaluation. You can download the OMMP Application Form and Instructions from the website to get started.
Yes. If you are the parent or legal guardian of a child under eighteen (18) years, you may apply. First, the minor (child) must receive their medical card. Then a caregiver can be designated (guardian or parent) to assist.
A caregiver is registered with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program and has legal protections. In Oregon, a patient over the age of eighteen years may grow cannabis at home. However, they can also designate a twenty-one (21) years or older to be a “grower.”
The standard application fee for a patient is $200. However, there are discounted rates provided for patients who are receiving supplemental benefits.
The following discounted registration rates are available for medical card applicants in Oregon: SNAP ($60), OHP ($50), SSI ($20), Veterans ($20). A background check is required for every caregiver. The cost of the background check in 2021 is $35.
The Oregon medical card lasts for one year. Before the date of expiry, patients have to make sure they renew their card. If your medical card expires, you will no longer be a registered patient. While you can still purchase cannabis at a recreational dispensary, you will pay the high retail tax rate instead of paying no tax with your medical card.
Renewing your Oregon medical marijuana card means scheduling an appointment with a doctor to get a new Attending Physician’s Statement. You must make sure the doctor’s letter is signed no later than 90-days before your renewal. The OMMP will not accept Physician Statements that are older than ninety days.
It is easy to renew your Oregon medical card on the OMMP website.
The replacement card fee is $100.00 for lost or stolen cards. The request for an Oregon medical marijuana replacement card can be made online on the OMMP website.
The replacement card fee is reduced to $20 if the patient submits current proof of one of the following: Supplemental Security Income (SSI)* Having served in the U.S. armed forces *Social Security Disability Income and retirement benefits do not qualify.
In Oregon, patients with a medical card can purchase cannabis at a medical or recreational dispensary. No matter where patients in Oregon purchase medicinal cannabis, they pay no tax as long as they can show their Oregon medical card and another piece of government-issued photo identification.
In 1998, the Oregon Ballot Measure 67 was passed with a 54.6% vote by residents of Oregon. This established the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act and launched the medical cannabis program in the state.
The Oregon Senate passed Measure 91, and it was approved in 2014. This made it legal for businesses to produce cannabis for non-medical purposes (recreational cannabis). In March 2016, Gov. Brown signed additional legislation allowing medical cannabis dispensaries to sell to adult-use (non-medical card holding) consumers.
The path to legalizing medical marijuana in Oregon began in 1973. Oregon has been a national leader in terms of decriminalizing alternative medicine for patients. Oregon has also been progressive in terms of allowing other types of alternative medicine like psilocybin.
Measure 109 was passed in 2020, which allows for the use of psilocybin (magic mushrooms). The measure was approved on the ballot with 56.21% support. Licenses for psilocybin therapies (administered by doctors in clinical therapeutic settings only) will not be issued until January 2023.
Psilocybin will not be sold in dispensaries in Oregon. Here are some highlights that mark the progress of the legalization of medical marijuana in Oregon.
Oregon Health Authority
Medical Marijuana Program
PO Box 14450
Portland, OR 97293-0450
Phone: (971) 673-1234
Monday – Friday: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Website: Oregon Health Authority Medical Marijuana Program
Qualified patients in Oregon may choose to see a marijuana doctor online instead of in-person, using the telemedicine portal, provided that a medical marijuana telemedicine doctor first establish a bonafide relationship with the patient in-person, after which all follow-up visits may be conducted via medical marijuana telemedicine services, online.
The State of Oregon has a legalized medical marijuana program, which allows patients to receive a medical marijuana recommendation from a certified physician, and apply for a state-issued Oregon Medical Marijuana Card, permitting the patient to purchase marijuana for medicinal use, as per Oregon state guidelines.
Since the Oregon medical marijuana program is still changing their laws and new Oregon medical marijuana laws are being enacted on a regular basis, please be sure to visit our site frequently to get the most updated laws as it pertains to the Oregon medical marijuana program. Please click a corresponding link to find out more about Oregon’s Medical Marijuana Program. We have compiled the following Oregon medical marijuana index of information to serve as a medical library to our users for legal reference of Oregon’s laws, guidelines and program details regarding medical cannabis use in Oregon.
Please note: In order to become a legal medical marijuana patient you must first have a qualifying condition as outlined by the department of health services and/or department of justice. For a comprehensive list of Oregon’s qualifying medical marijuana conditions, please visit our qualifying conditions section located on the top of our menu under “legal states.”