Jun 2022
3 min

Is Cannabis Legal in Oregon?

Adult use



Oregon has both medical and recreational marijuana.  Oregon was one of the first states in the United States to legalize recreational cannabis (2014).

Why this is important

As a business owner who is interested in opening a dispensary in Oregon it is important to know the current market size.  Medical marijuana markets are smaller than recreational/adult use markets which will significantly impact the profitability of a dispensary.  

In Oregon you could potentially operate a profitable dispensary.  It is important to recognize that there are a lot of dispensaries in Oregon so the competition level to gain market share is intense. Considering it was among one of the first states to legalize medicinal marijuana, it might not be too surprising that Oregon hosts the most marijuana dispensaries per capita.  660 dispensaries.

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Regulatory Citations for This Article

Chapter 845 Division 25 RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA


(1) A person may not produce, process, store, transport, sell, sample, test, or deliver marijuana for commercial recreational use without a license from the Commission or as otherwise authorized under these rules.

(2) Nothing in these rules exempts a licensee or licensee representative from complying with any other applicable state or local laws.

(3) Licensure under these rules does not protect a person from possible criminal prosecution under federal law.

Statutory/Other Authority: ORS 475B.025
Statutes/Other Implemented: ORS 475B.070, 475B.070, 475B.090, 475B.100, 475B.110, 475B.340, 475B.020 & 475B.560
OLCC 6-2016, f. 6-28-16, cert. ef. 6-29-16
OLCC 3-2015(Temp), f. 12-3-15, cert. ef. 1-1-16 thru 6-28-16