Oregon Medical Marijuana Laws
Oregon Health Authority
Oregon Medical Marijuana Program
In Oregon, patients with a qualified medical condition who are recommended for medical marijuana by an attending physician must register for the program and apply for a medical marijuana card under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program through the Oregon Medical Marijuana Online System or via snail mail. You must be a resident of Oregon to be eligible for this program. You will need to visit a MMJ doctor to obtain, if eligible, an Attending Physician’s Statement form in which the MMJ doctor states a patient has a qualifying medical condition and that medical marijuana treatment may mitigate the effects or symptoms of that qualifying condition. An attending physician must be either a Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor or Osteopathy (DO) licensed under state law and have the primary responsibility for the treatment of care of a patient diagnosed with a debilitating qualified medical condition. These conditions include cancer, HIV/AIDS, a degenerative or pervasive neurological condition, PTSD, or a medical condition or treatment that results in cachexia, severe pain, severe nausea, seizures which can be related to epilepsy or another condition, and persistent muscle spasms like the ones caused by multiple sclerosis. Before your appointment with your doctor, you may want to check to see what, if any, medical records you will need to provide. For the MMJ doctor to be considered as having primary responsibility for the medical marijuana treatment care for a patient, he or she must provide primary health care for the patient, or specialty care and treatment for the patient as set forth by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Or the physician may be a consultant asked to examine and treat the patient by the patient’s primary care doctor, physician assistant or nurse practitioner all who must be licensed under certain chapters of state law. The MMJ doctor must review the patient’s medical records and conduct a comprehensive examination of the patient, provide follow up care or plan for follow-up care, and document all of this in the patient’s medical record. Many MMJ doctors offer telemedicine for medical marijuana, so, if interested, please contact your MMJ doctor to inquire as to if this is a possibility.
Due to COVID-19, telemedicine is allowed in Oregon for renewals only. If interested in telemedicine, contact your MMJ doctor to determine if this is a possibility.
Patients who possess a physician’s recommendation may legally possess and obtain medical cannabis provided by state licensed dispensaries. Patients under the age of 21 are not permitted to consume herbal forms of cannabis. Inhaling herbal cannabis is not permitted by adults in the presence of a pregnant woman or a child age 14 or under. Dispensaries may not provide cannabis-infused food or drink products with more than 10mg of THC.
Yes. A “caregiver” means a person who is at least twenty-one (21) years old who has agreed to assist with a qualifying patient’s medical use of marijuana and has qualified for and obtained a caregiver identification card issued by the Department of Health. The Department may limit the number of qualifying patients a caregiver may assist at one time and the number of caregivers that a qualifying patient may have at one time.
Before you begin the application process, you’ll want to have the documents you must submit with you. You will need to complete the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program Application. These necessary documents are proof of Oregon residency. An Oregon-issued driver license or ID card, a recent utility bill, or rental agreement can be used. You must also submit a government-issued photo id which includes, a driver license, military ID, US Passport, US-issued VISA, Permanent Residence Card, or tribal id, all of which must list your date of birth. You must also include the Attending Physician Statement form which must be signed by the MMJ doctor within 90 days of the application date. There is also an application fee. You may designate a caregiver to assist in your marijuana treatment, and patients under 18 who are responsible for the minor patient’s care must, among other items, submit a notarized Declaration of Person Responsible for a Minor Form. There are also medical marijuana grower allowances for which you may apply. After submitting your application, it will initially be reviewed, and if it appears all is in order, you will be issued a receipt letter which has the same legal effect as the registry identification card and is valid for 30 days of the date printed on the receipt letter. This receipt letter allows you to access dispensaries for 30 days from printed receipt date. Please note the receipt doesn’t allow caregivers or growers this access. You will need to show your current and valid Oregon Medical Marijuana Program card and photo ID when visiting a dispensary. After your application has been completely processed. A medical marijuana card will be mailed to you. It’s suggested you monitor your medical marijuana product experiences, so you may determine which medical marijuana products work best for you. National Medical Marijuana Card Services provides a patient journal for you to chronicle the effects and efficacy of the marijuana products you use. Log in to use it!
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Medical Marijuana and low-THC products are available for qualified patients residing in Oregon. In many legal marijuana states, marijuana products include marijuana CBD oil, tinctures, capsules, vape products, and flower.
Find Medical Marijuana Program Information user information and instructional materials. These include general FAQs, qualifying medical conditions, and steps to take to apply for medical marijuana card in Oregon.Oregon Department of Health