Growing weed in Oregon has been legal for quite some time, but it got a lot easier after the November 2014 election.
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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.
Is it legal to grow marijuana in Oregon?
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
- 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.
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.
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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.
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
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.
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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!
Recreational growing was indeed a huge win, but there are some disadvantages to it. Mainly, it’s the
Recreational growers can only grow 4 plants while medical growers can grow 6. It might be worth it to register with the medical
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
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).
Any Oregon household can have up to four plants. There’s a corresponding jail time if you exceed that limit.
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 …