Jenny Bloom

October 31, 2019

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Marijuana growing in Oregon has been legal for quite some time, but it got a lot easier after the November 2014 election made it far easier that it had been before.

As of July 2015, all residents of Oregon, (including the major city of Portland) became 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.

Oregon Growing Laws

Growing weed in Oregon has been legal since July 2015. If you are at least 21 years old and want to grow marijuana for any reason, you can. No medical permission needed. It’s an Oregonian right.

Just keep a few rules in mind:

  • Grow in your own home
  • Grow up to four plants per household
  • The law doesn’t protect you from your landlord or the feds
  • Concentrates cannot be made at home

Interesting fact; marijuana is not legal in Jamaica! Learn how rastafarians get to appreciate ganja in our free ebook.

Growing Marijuana in Oregon

Even though Oregon is quite lenient about growing your own weed, 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 plant maximum. Any Oregon household can have up to four plants. A household is defined as any place where people live – including an apartment. It does not matter how many adults live in the household.

While Oregon is very clear on the number of plants, it is not clear about the age of home growers or the age of the plant. Can a 20-year-old roommate legally help grow the plants?

Do four plants mean four immature plants, or do they only consider mature plants? Retail growers know the answers to these questions; however, no guidelines currently exist 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 evict tenants who grow marijuana if they do not allow it. To be safe, check your lease before you grow.

Federal laws prohibit growing marijuana 1000 feet from a school. Oregon’s law does not override it. Although you can plant marijuana outdoors, you should make sure you are at least 1000 feet from a school first. If not, you may want to grow indoors.

  • No home concentrates. Making hash oil can be dangerous and most people will not try it. However, when you have a whole bunch of fresh marijuana, it can be tempting. Making concentrates at home is illegal.

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

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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

Need to know more about growing weed in Oregon? Post your questions below. We will update the page with new information to your frequently asked questions.

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 legalized 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 are no longer required 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.

Recreational marijuana growers enjoy the freedom of growing in complete anonymity, and in fact, that is exactly what the State of Oregon wanted growers will do. They don’t want to know! They stated that, now that recreational growing has been legalized, grow sites must be kept private. Sounds fair to me. If you need any help creating a grow site that is contained and private, download my Grow Bible for some tips!

Recreational growing was indeed a huge win, but there are some disadvantages to it. Mainly, it’s because of 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 may soon be available to everyone 21 and up, don’t expect the state to have any information on purchasing supplies. In fact, the Department of Health has already addressed that question:

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

Good thing you found us, huh? If you haven’t already bought your marijuana seeds, now is a good time to get started. And make sure to download my free grow bible at this link.

Marijuana legislation can be complicated, but Jenny Bloom is always up for the task. Although not a lawyer, her experience as a reporter and PR specialist helps her understand legalese – especially when it relates to growing marijuana. A passionate supporter of legalization and home... [read more]


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  1. By THC Wiki

    ,01 Dec 2014
    Thanks for this post. i think this post is very helpful for us. For marijuana information visits marijuana Wikipedia: THC wiki
  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
  7. By Growing Marijuana In Georgia – I Love Growing Marijuana

    ,28 Oct 2016
    […] Hampshire | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Ohio | Oklahoma | Oregon | Pennsylvania | Rhode Island | South Carolina | South Dakota | Tennessee | Texas | Utah […]Read More
  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.

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