Medical vs. Recreational Cannabis

Some History

Medical cannabis was legalized in Oregon in 1998 with the passage of Measure 67. In 2010 Measure 74 established a system to provide access to medical cannabis for patients through licensed and regulated non-profit dispensaries. In 2014, with the passing of Measure 91 in Oregon, cannabis became legal to purchase and consume recreationally by adults over the age of 21. With the passage of Measure 91 came a clear distinction between medical and recreational cannabis in Oregon. Here’s a look at what you can buy as a recreational user, or as a medical patient.

Recreational Cannabis

  • 1 ounce of dried cannabis flower
  • 16 ounces of edibles (that’s right… you can buy a pound of edibles)
  • 72 ounces (a six pack) of beverages
  • 5 grams of cannabis extract or concentrate, such as shatter, keif, or vaporizer cartridges
  • 4 immature marijuana plants
  • 10 marijuana seeds

Medical Cannabis

  • 24 ounces of dried cannabis flower (that’s right… you can buy 1.5 pounds of weed!)
  • 16 ounces of edibles
  • 72 ounces (a six pack) of beverages
  • 16 ounces of a cannabis concentrate, such as hash or keif
  • 5 grams of a cannabis extract, such as shatter or a vaporizer cartridge
  • 4 immature marijuana plants
  • 50 marijuana seeds

2 thoughts on “Medical vs. Recreational Cannabis

  1. I just visited your dispensary today and appreciate how well I was handled. I got good answers to my many questions. However I don’t remember the answer to this one. If I purchase clones this spring for outdoor growing , are they available to recreational users? (I’m still deciding whether to renew my MM card.)

    1. Medical marijuana cardholders may have six flowering plants. Adult consumers, or recreational users as you refer, may have four flowering plants per household — total. So if there are 4 medical marijuana patients at one property, there can be up to twenty four flowering marijuana plants at that property, and 72 immature or vegging plants there too. If there are only adults recreational consumers at that property, then only four total flowering plants are allowed.

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