Growing Marijuana In Oregon

July 9, 2021

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Growing weed in Oregon has been legal for quite some time, but it got a lot easier after the November 2014 election.

As of July 2015, all residents of Oregon, (including the major city of Portland) are able to legally grow up to 4 marijuana plants in their home for recreational use. Here at ILGM, we can’t think of any better recreation than marijuana growing. But it gets better. Since then, Oregon legislators have made more positive changes while maintaining the state’s home-grow friendly status.

Just keep a few rules in mind:

  • Grow in your own home
  • Grow up to four plants per household
  • Do not sell without the proper license

Growing Marijuana in Oregon

Oregon is quite lenient about growing your own weed, and the few rules are pretty simple. Here they are explained:

Grow at your residence.

In Oregon, you can legally grow inside or outside your home – as long as it is on your property. Cities can ban recreational marijuana, but it does not apply to what you do in your own home. As long as you grow and consume your weed at home, and are at least 21 years old, you have not broken city laws.

Four plants maximum.

Any Oregon household can have up to four plants. If you grow more than that, you could face jail time. A household is defined as any place where people live – including an apartment. It does not matter how many adults live in the household.

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Oregon also has a well-established medical program that increases the maximum number of plants to 6 and allows for up to 18 seedlings. Additionally, caregivers (who may serve as personal growers), must be at least 18 years old. There is currently no guidelines on the number of immature plants allowed for home growers.

Landlords and the Feds.

Although Oregon lets every adult grow marijuana where they live, this does not mean their landlord will. Landlords can likely still find ways to evict tenants who grow marijuana if they do not allow it. To be safe, check your lease before you grow outdoors, or keep it indoors.

Federal laws prohibit growing marijuana 1000 feet from a school. This is still true. However, Oregon’s law now specifically excludes home grows and licensed grows from this rule. Keep this complexity in mind, or, play it safe and grow indoors.

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Oregon also previously banned the creation of concentrates but changed this rule while no one was looking. Now, making concentrates at home is no longer illegal. It’s not even a misdemeanor, as long as you make it yourself.

In summary, Oregon is one of the easiest places to grow marijuana. Just don’t go overboard and you should be okay.

Oregon Growing Etiquette

Since it is legal for every Oregon adult to grow marijuana, you’ll probably worry more about your neighbors than the cops. A little courtesy goes a long way in keeping your hobby from becoming anyone else’s problem.

These Oregon growing tips will help keep you out of trouble:

  • Be discrete about your grow – the feds may be watching
  • Don’t grow more than the limit – it’s more trouble than it’s worth
  • Do not blow up your landlord’s house making hash oil
Oregon Growing Etiquette
Practice etiquette when growing marijuana in Oregon

History of growing marijuana in Oregon

History of growing marijuana in Oregon

Oregon has had a medical marijuana program since 1998. Under this program, indoor marijuana growing in Oregon was permitted for up to 6 mature plants. The program even allowed patients to have up to 18 seedlings at a time.

It was created to treat symptoms from Alzheimer’s disease, Cachexia, Cancer, Chronic pain, Epilepsy, Glaucoma, HIV or AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis and Nausea. Participants only needed a medical card from the Department of Health and a signature from a doctor stating they need to use it.

Now that growing marijuana recreationally is legal in Oregon, you no longer need a doctor’s signature or to be a caregiver for a medical marijuana patient to grow your own marijuana plants.

What has changed

What has changed

Now that marijuana growing in Oregon is completely legal, it changed a few things for those who had already been growing. First of all, recreational growers no longer need to register their grow site like medical growers had to. They also don’t have to grow for a specific person or show a grower’s card. Best of all, the state now offers expungement. This means, those previously charged with marijuana crimes that are now legal, can have the incident removed from their record.

Recreational marijuana growers now enjoy the freedom of growing in complete anonymity, and in fact, that is exactly what the State of Oregon want. They don’t want to know about your grow! So, now that recreational growing is legal, keep your grow site private. Sounds fair, right? If you need any help creating a grow site that is contained and private, download the Grow Bible for some tips!

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Recreational growing was indeed a huge win, but there are some disadvantages to it. Mainly, it’s the amount of plants. Recreational growers can only grow 4 plants while medical growers can grow 6. It might be worth it to register with the medical program, or make those plants count and invest in some good equipment and nutrients.

Help with growing in Oregon

While marijuana growing in Oregon is available to everyone 21 and up, don’t expect the state to have any information on purchasing supplies. In fact, the Department of Health previously addressed that question saying:

We are “not a resource for the growing process and do not have information to give to patients.”

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FAQs About Growing Weed in Oregon

Has Oregon legalized growing marijuana?

Yes, growing cannabis plants in Oregon has been legal since July 2015. Any adult who is at least 21 years old can grow marijuana for any reason (not limited to medical purposes).

How many plants am I allowed to grow at home?

Any Oregon household can have up to four plants. There’s a corresponding jail time if you exceed that limit.

Can you purchase recreational weed edibles in Oregon?

If you’re 21 years and older and possess a valid government-issued ID, you can legally buy edibles and other marijuana products.

What’s your experience with marijuana in Oregon? Let us know in the comments!

It’s just a plant, after all …


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  1. By THC Wiki ,01 Dec 2014
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  2. By julie ,24 Dec 2014
    well, its an interesting blog....
  3. By IceSphere ,01 Mar 2015
    Alaska just went legal for recreational use... So far I have nothing but utmost respect for all you do on the web (more and more every day while I wait for my first order)... I wish I found your site […]Read More
    1. By Nick ,23 Oct 2018
      1st Tie the top of your plant over. You will have a 5 foot tall plant fifteen feet long with multiple coles and raise the yeld of the plant 20% -40%.
  4. By mary sharp ,22 Oct 2015
    I am wanting to know how many plants can a house hold of 2 adults can have legaly for recreational?
    1. By DylOregon ,02 Sep 2017
      I'm very curious about the legality of immature plants. I have cutting I took this summer in an aerocloner; there is no soil involved but they have sprouted roots (as would be the case in a hydroponic system). The cuttings […]Read More
  5. By latewood.ILGM ,24 Oct 2015
    Well, as I read above, the law says one person can grow 4 plants in their home for recreational use. Seems pretty clear to me.
  6. By GiGi ,31 Jul 2016
    Although commercial marijuana producers cannot grow plants until they receive licensing, which will not happen before 2016, people who want to grow their own for personal, noncommercial use can do so beginning on July 1, 2015. Each household in Oregon […]Read More
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  8. By straightlaced ,08 Nov 2016
    hey if your outside city limits I.E farmland are u allotted to grow more than the 4 plants since I'm not in the actual city itself
    1. By Roy ILGM ,09 Nov 2016
      Hah, that's a bit specific. Perhaps you can find that one on the NORML site
  9. By Fay McKinney ,20 May 2017
    so if your growing medical marijuana with a growers license can you still have your four recreational plants in addition to the medical plants?
    1. By Roy ILGM ,22 May 2017
      Hi Fay, I don't think so but you might want to double check that locally. – I❤️GM
  10. By ed ,10 Jun 2017
    four plants per household. I have two houses on the same property. pay taxes on both, yet are taxed individually. so two households, can I grow 8 plants
    1. By Roy ILGM ,13 Jun 2017
      Hmm that's a tricky one Ed, I'm affraid I can't answer that for sure. Best check locally what the rules in your situation are – I❤️GM
  11. By Steve ,26 Jul 2017
    Is it legal to grow plants on your property in Oregon if it is not your primary residence. For instance, if you own a vacation property can you legally grow four plants.
    1. By Roy ILGM ,26 Jul 2017
      Hi Steve, I'm sorry to say I can't answer your question with certainty. Best check locally to find out the specifics.
  12. By Jeremy Greg ,14 Nov 2017
    I love growing marijuana in Oregon! Question, is there anywhere you can buy plants as an individual? I just moved here. I see providers for people with an OLCC license, but what about for recreational around Gold Beach?
    1. By latewood_ILGM ,18 Dec 2017
      J.G. If you join our forum, and ask in the title for "Oregon growe - Help latewood" I will reply, and talk with a friend or 2 in Oregon to help you out.
  13. By Jeff ,14 Dec 2017
    One thing I’m still foggy on is wether you can legally possess the full yield of your recreational grow. The law just says you can have 4 plants and that the at home possession limit is 8oz but what happenes […]Read More
    1. By latewood_ILGM ,18 Dec 2017
      Jeff, If you break the law, you are subject to prosecution. I advise you to make sure you only grow 1 oe 2 plants in order to stay within possession limits. Sorry, I cannot provide you with a better option. […]Read More
      1. By latewood_ILGM ,18 Dec 2017
        Jeff, Another thought would be to stagger plant starts one month apart. bThis will allow you to yield full plants once a month and that should keep you in the limits of the law.
  14. By scott ,20 Jul 2018
    I live in town and I have a 6 foot fence my plants are taller then the fence someone called the police and they said that if they get another compliant again I could possibly get fined is that true […]Read More
  15. By stan ,16 Sep 2018
    I've looked unable to find out if you can grow recreational and medical at same address. 1 card other residents?
  16. By Nick ,04 Dec 2018
    Can you sell seeded plants in veg state from home, no flowering, or online like fb or Craigslist? If your within your legal amount?
  17. By Shellie ,27 Mar 2019
    The City of Huntington's city council is trying to ban personal marijuana grows. Is this legal?
  18. By Stan ,24 May 2019
    Can I grow plants on my property in Dallas Oregon thank you
  19. By FAY ,12 Jul 2019
    Does someone who grows this crap have to put a certain size fence around it so their neighbors don't have to look at it?
  20. By ,30 Aug 2019
    Very interesting points you have observed, thanks for putting up.
  21. By John ,02 Mar 2020
    What were the penalties for Growing Pot at age 21 and selling it for a profit in 1977 to kids under 21 & over age 21? Would the Perprotator be known as a Drug Dealer, & What would the sentencing […]Read More
  22. By Joey ,08 Mar 2020
    If I live across the street from a sheriff can he do anything to me for growing 4 marijuana plants in my backyard
  23. By Marguerite ,19 May 2020
    Where can I purchase over the counter seeds, clones and plants with a cash payment
  24. By David ,04 Jul 2020
    Can a felon grow marijuana in oregon
  25. By Cathy ,21 Sep 2020
    My neighbor has what appears to be more than 4 marijuana plants growing in his yard. He has set up a trellis and and has attached it with bolts that protrude through my fence. In addition the plants are now […]Read More
  26. By Elisabeth ,04 Dec 2020
    Can a person who is a felon grow cannabis?

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