If you feel the need for weed, Oregon is the place to go because the state has far too much marijuana! It is producing way more than it needs to the point where prices are at rock bottom. Pay $7,000 in Oregon, and you’ll get the same amount of cannabis as you would in New York for $20,000! As at April 2019, Oregon had more than 1 million pounds of unsold weed.
The state has always had a love affair with marijuana, even when the herb was illegal there. In the period from 1999 to 2005, Oregon residents used 45% more weed than the general American population, and an attempt to recriminalize weed in 1997 was voted down. The only surprise was that two measures to legalize cannabis failed; in 1986 and 2012. Meanwhile, medical marijuana became legalized after Measure 67 was approved in 1998.
Finally, Measure 91 was approved in 2014, and recreational marijuana was fully legalized in the state of Oregon. The following year, the state’s governor signed an emergency bill to allow the legal sale of cannabis to recreational users from October 2015. By 2017, only dispensaries with an Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) license were allowed to sell weed to recreational users.
How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Oregon: The Complete Rundown
Now that adults can walk into a dispensary and purchase weed without an MMJ card, what is the point of having one? Sales of medical marijuana fell by over 40% between 2015 and 2018, but there are still valid reasons for getting the card. First of all, it is extremely easy to do so.
Then there is the small matter of tax breaks. In a bid to keep the medical marijuana program relevant, the state of Oregon imposes no sales tax on weed while recreational users must pay 20%. MMJ cardholders are also allowed to possess up to 24 ounces in private or in public. In contrast, recreational users can hold no more than an ounce in public and 8 ounces in private.
Recreational users can grow a maximum of 4 plants at once; regardless of whether they are in the vegetative or flowering stage. If you have an MMJ card, you can grow up to six plants in the flowering stage and an unlimited number of plants in the vegetative stage.
Finally, MMJ cardholders can buy a LOT more weed at once: 24 ounces of flower, 4 grams of tinctures, concentrates, or capsules, or 100mg of edibles. In contrast, recreational users can only buy 7 grams of flower, 1 gram of tinctures, capsules, or concentrate, or 50mg of edibles.
If you have a qualifying medical condition (see the list of conditions below), and want to get a medical marijuana card in Oregon, here is what you must do.
Step 1 – Make Sure You Meet Eligibility Criteria
Aside from having a qualifying medical condition, you must be a resident of Oregon with proof of residency. This can be in the form of a passport or driver’s license. If you don’t have an Oregon state I.D., you need an out of state I.D. coupled with proof of residency within Oregon such as a utility bill or bank statement.
Step 2 – Visit a Physician to Document Your Condition
If you have a qualifying condition, you need to visit a doctor and receive an Attending Physician’s Statement which indicates the condition that you need medical marijuana to treat. The physician in question must be either a Doctor of Osteopathy or Medical Doctor licensed in Oregon. You also need to have an established doctor/patient relationship.
The doctor will review your medical records and perform an evaluation. If they are satisfied that you meet the criteria, they will sign the Physician’s Statement.
Step 3 – Complete the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) Application Form
After certification, the next step is to visit the OMMP website and click on ‘Patients.’ From there, you will be invited to complete an application form to register as a medical marijuana patient in Oregon.
Patients are also required to submit a valid and legal copy of a United States Federal or State issued photographic I.D. card that includes your date of birth and full name. You need to apply to the Patient Registry to be guaranteed protection under the state’s marijuana laws.
Step 4 – Wait for Your MMJ Card!
State law requires the OMMP to process your application within 30 days, but it could take a little longer in some cases. In reality, however, the program has far fewer applications than before so there shouldn’t be a backlog.
Ideally, you will wait until you receive your card in the mail before trying to purchase marijuana from a medical dispensary. However, you can proceed without the card as long as you have copies of all materials submitted to the state, and proof of the date you submitted your application.
What are Medical Cannabis Card Costs in Oregon?
It costs $200 to apply for an MMJ card in Oregon and another $200 to renew; the card is valid for one year. If you are on Food Stamps, the cost drops to $60, and it is $50 if you receive the Oregon Health Plan. If you are a veteran with proof that you served in the U.S. Armed Forces or if you receive Supplemental Security Income, the cost is just $20.
If you lose your MMJ card, it costs $100 to replace it. Incidentally, there is also a grow site registration fee of $200 if you grow for another person, grow somewhere other than your home, grow more than 12 plants, or if you are transferring surplus weed to a dispensary or processor.
What are the Qualifying Conditions Required to get a Medical Marijuana Card in Oregon?
You could be eligible for an MMJ card in Oregon if you have one of the following conditions:
- Agitation due to Alzheimer’s disease
OR any medical condition that results in one of the following:
- Seizure disorders
- Muscle spasms
- Severe pain
- Severe nausea
It is also possible to receive an MMJ card if you have one of the following:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Degenerative Disk Disease
Other Important Information on the Oregon Medical Marijuana License Process
If you wish to become a caregiver, you need to designate a specific individual on your application. You also need to provide a copy of their state-issued I.D. or driver’s license, along with their mailing address. Your caregiver can pick up your medical marijuana from a dispensary and deliver it to you.
You are also allowed to get an Oregon MMJ card if you have moved from another state. You must have sufficient medical records which don’t necessarily need to be from a doctor within Oregon. However, there is now a minimum residency requirement which means you need an Oregon I.D. along with proof of residency such as tax returns or a utility bill.
You are not allowed to transfer your MMJ card from another state because there is a possibility that your qualifying condition in that state does not qualify you for the card in Oregon.