In Growing Marijuana in Oregon – OR Cannabis State Laws (2021) we gave a brief overview on how Oregon residents can apply to their state’s medical marijuana program. Recreational marijuana has been legal in The Beaver State but if you are a patient with a debilitating condition, there are a few reasons why you would want to apply for a medical marijuana card.
Overview of Medical Marijuana in Oregon
In 1998, Oregon legalized the possession, use, and cultivation of medical marijuana by way of Ballot Measure 67, a citizen’s initiative. This established the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act which created the state’s medical marijuana program.
You can read up on the rules here: ORS 475B: Cannabis Regulation / Oregon Medical Marijuana Act
In Oregon, registered patients may buy and possess up to 24 ounces of marijuana, 16 ounces of solid cannabinoid or 72 ounces in liquid form, 16 ounces of concentrate or 5 grams of extract or in an inhalant delivery system. They may also purchase at the dispensary up to 50 seeds or 4 immature marijuana plants.
The cultivation limit for medical marijuana in Oregon is somewhat complicated but at the very least, patients may grow up to 6 mature plants and 18 immature seedlings at their registered grow address.
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Chronic pain
- HIV or AIDS
- Persistent muscle spasms
- Post-traumatic stress
- Other conditions subject to approval
Although this may seem like a short list of conditions, it should be noted that Oregon’s recreational marijuana limits are already fairly generous and would suffice even for most patients.
Even patients under 18 afflicted with a qualifying condition that needs medical marijuana can register for the program, as long as they do so with the help of their parents or legal guardians.
The rules for applying as a medical marijuana caregiver in Oregon are unique in such a way that it is very particular on home cultivation. Those who want to assist a patient in growing marijuana will have to apply as a grower and they must fulfill the following requirements:
- be an OK resident at least 21 years old.
- not have been convicted of a Class A or Class B felony for the manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance in Schedule I or Schedule II within the previous two years or more than once.
Caregiver growers must not grow for more than 8 patients at a time and should not grow more than 6 mature plants per patient.
Why should you get a medical marijuana card in Oregon?
Even though adult-use marijuana is already legal in Oregon, minors with debilitating conditions may only use marijuana if they register in the OMMP. Furthermore, patients have a higher possession and cultivation limit and medical marijuana is not subject to taxes.
How to get a medical marijuana card in Oregon
The process of getting an OMMP ID is fairly straightforward and can be done online via the Oregon Medical Marijuana Online System or they can fill out the correct form and submit it via US mail. Here are steps you need to take to apply for one.
For adult and minor patients
- Secure a completed Attending Physician’s Statement from an MD or DO licensed to practice in OR and has the primary responsibility of caring for you. Naturopaths (ND), chiropractors (DC), or nurse practitioners (NP/FNP) do not qualify as Attending Physicians.
- Prepare a copy of a valid photo ID. The ID must show the last name, first name, date of birth as well as a clear photo of the applicant. Some examples of a valid ID include an OR Driver’s license, state ID, passport, military ID, or tribal ID.
- Create an account on ommpsystem.oregon.gov. Fill out the required information and upload the necessary documents which may include the following:
- Pay the fee using a credit card or check/money order if submitting by US mail: The registration fee costs $200 but there are reduced fees for patients who qualify for the following:
To qualify, applicants will need to be their own grower or not a listing grower. They should also be able to show proof of their participation in the program.
Those who want to submit their application by US mail may send it to this address:
Oregon Medical Marijuana Program
P.O. Box 14450
Portland, OR 97293-0116
- Applicants may also submit their requirements via the Oregon Medical Marijuana Online System. The OMMP will notify the grower when a patient lists them on their application.
- If the grower will be doing any of the following, they must pay the $200 grow site fee:
- Growing for another person
- Growing at a site other than their home
- Growing more than 12 plants
- Transferring excess marijuana to processors or dispensaries.
Once your application has been approved, you will be issued a receipt letter which can also be used at a dispensary while waiting for your medical marijuana ID to arrive. Applications are usually approved or declined within 30 days.
Frequently Asked Questions on Getting an Oregon Medical Marijuana Card
An OMMP ID card is the only way a minor with a debilitating condition will be able to legally use medical marijuana. It also gives growers and patients higher cultivation limits.
Patients in Oregon who have at least one qualifying condition may get a recommendation from a state licensed physician for medical marijuana.
A medical marijuana card is the only way minor patients with a debilitating condition can use cannabis in Oregon.
It can take up to 30 days for the OMMP to review and approve or decline your submitted application.
It costs $200 to apply for a medical marijuana card in Oregon but those who are US veterans, or recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Oregon Health Plan (OHP), or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) may apply for a reduced fee.
Medical marijuana patients in Oregon may grow up to 6 mature plants and 18 seedings.
Patients registered in Oregon’s medical marijuana program may buy and possess up to 24 ounces of marijuana, 16 ounces of solid cannabinoid or 72 ounces in liquid form, 16 ounces of concentrate or 5 grams of extract or in an inhalant delivery system.
If you’re a patient in Oregon who needs medical marijuana for your debilitating condition, you may want to apply for a medical marijuana card if you qualify for a reduced registration fee. Otherwise, you may just want to stay within recreational limits especially if your condition does not really need an amount exceeding this limit. The $200 registration fee can be a bit too steep for the potential savings from non-taxable medical marijuana and higher cultivation limits.