How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Oregon

The Oregon Health Authority oversees the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP). Oregon is one of the more liberal states when it comes to cannabis, whether it’s medical or recreational. However, there are significant benefits to having a valid medical marijuana card in Oregon, including greater possession and growing limits, and less tax to pay on products. Here’s more information on how to get certified for cannabis and get an MMJ card in Oregon.

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Table of Contents

  1. Getting an Oregon Medical Marijuana Card Online
  2. Who Can Apply for an Oregon Medical Marijuana Card?
  3. What Does an MMJ Card Permit in Oregon?
  4. How do I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Certificate and Card in Oregon?
  5. What Does my Online Medical Marijuana Evaluation with Leafwell Include?
  6. How Much Does a Medical Cannabis Certificate and Card Cost in Oregon?
  7. What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Cards in Oregon?
  8. What Documents Do I Need to Apply for a Medical Cannabis Card?
  9. Do I Need to Present my Medical Records to Leafwell?
  10. How Does a Caregiver Apply for a Medical Cannabis Card in Oregon?
  11. Can a Qualifying Patient Grow Cannabis in Oregon?
  12. Are my Details Kept Confidential When I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?
  13. Does Oregon Have Medical Cannabis Reciprocity?
  14. Getting a Medical Cannabis Card in Portland, Salem or Eugene, Oregon
  15. History of Medical Marijuana in Oregon
  16. Oregon Medical Marijuana Laws

Getting an Oregon Medical Marijuana Card Online

At this moment in time, you can renew your medical marijuana card online in Oregon, but not get your initial certificate online.

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Who Can Apply for an Oregon Medical Marijuana Card?

Anyone aged 18 or over can apply for a medical marijuana card for themselves. Those aged under 18 will need a caregiver. The caregiver must be 18 years of age or older.

What Does an MMJ Card Permit in Oregon?

Medical marijuana patients may possess up to 24 ounces of usable cannabis. Recreational cannabis users can carry a maximum of 1 ounce on their person, and 8 ounces in their homes.

How do I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Certificate and Card in Oregon?

1. Register online with Leafwell

Create an account online, then you can speak to a doctor and qualify for an Oregon medical marijuana card. You are only billed if approved.

2. Attend your appointment and discuss with your physician why you would like an MMJ Card

The doctor will review your medical records and ask you questions based on your medical history. They will provide you with advice and guidance on whether medical marijuana is a good choice for you. You should also be registered with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program during the appointment.

3. Receive your certificate from Leafwell

This is a certificate which says that your doctor recommends you become a cannabis patient under the state’s current laws and this certificate is required to apply for your MMJ Card.

4. Complete the medical marijuana Application

After your appointment, you’ll receive the next steps to help guide you through the state process. Once approved, the state will mail you your card (please note that the card is not sent by Leafwell). The card is valid for 1 year.

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What Does my Online Medical Marijuana Evaluation with Leafwell Include?

  • 1 Year Doctor’s Recommendation Letter if Qualified
  • Speak to a Certified Oregon Physician
  • Instant .PDF Download
  • Registry with the Oregon DoH
  • 24/7 Online Verification
  • HIPAA Compliant – Privacy Guaranteed
  • Secure Payment

How Much Does a Medical Cannabis Certificate and Card Cost in Oregon?

Leafwell will announce its fee as soon as we open.

The state fee is $200. For those in receipt of food stamps or Oregon Health Plan cards, the fee is reduced to $60. For persons receiving SSI or having served in the armed forces, the fee is reduced to $20.0.

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What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Cards in Oregon?

What Documents Do I Need to Apply for a Medical Cannabis Card?

Patients must be a citizen of the United States. If you do not have an Oregon I.D. an out of state I.D., passport, or other photo I.D. with proof of residency such as a bank statement, utility bill, etc is acceptable.

The qualifying patient must have been diagnosed by a physician as having a debilitating medical condition.

Patients must obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from his/her primary care physician describing his/her diagnosis. Ensure to upload all relevant records before your marijuana evaluation appointment.

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Do I Need to Present my Medical Records to Leafwell?

You will need to provide medical records proving your condition to your qualifying physician.

How Does a Caregiver Apply for a Medical Cannabis Card in Oregon?

Caregivers are those who have been nominated to provide qualifying patients access to medical cannabis, in particular minors and those who are unable to go to a dispensary or grow cannabis on their own The designated primary caregiver is the person that has significant responsibility for managing the well-being of a person who has been diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition. Primary caregiver does not include the patient’s physician. A patient may only have one primary caregiver.

Parents or a guardian, of patients under the age of 18 years, must complete the OMMP – Declaration of Person Responsible for a Minor form and complete Part B of the Application Form as a primary caregiver. * Please note: This form must be notarized.

Can a Qualifying Patient Grow Cannabis in Oregon?

Qualifying patients may grow up to 16 plants, 6 mature and 10 seedlings per residence. Non-medical users can grow up to 4 plants per residence.

Are my Details Kept Confidential When I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?

Leafwell is HIPAA-compliant, and all of your information is kept confidential. Patients will, however, be on a list of registered medical marijuana users kept by the OMMP. A caregiver growing for a specific patient:

  • Must be 21 years of age or older.
  • Cannot 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.
  • Cannot be growing for more than 8 patients at a time.
  • Cannot grow more than 6 mature plants per patient.
  • Must abide by the mature plant maximum determined by their grow site address zoning.
  • Plant Limits Chart

In addition, a grow site fee, along with reporting and tracking may be required. Qualifying grow sites will be notified by the program. Failure to comply may result in the grow site not becoming registered or the grower cards being revoked.

Does Oregon Have Medical Cannabis Reciprocity?

No, Oregon does not recognize other states’ medical marijuana cards, certificates or recommendations. You must be aged 21 or over in order to purchase recreational cannabis in Oregon.

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Overview of John Day, Oregon looking north. Author: Trashbag. From Wikipedia. CC BY-SA 3.0.

Getting a Medical Cannabis Card in Portland, Salem or Eugene, Oregon

We will put you in touch with the doctor closest to you. Once you have spoken to your qualifying doctor, you can speak to them online for follow-ups and renewals.

History of Medical Marijuana in Oregon

  • 1973 – Oregon becomes the first state in the US to decriminalize cannabis.
  • Throughout the 1980s and 1990s – there was essentially a long legal tussle between re-criminalizing and further decriminalization of cannabis.
  • 1994 – Chris Iverson opens up the first Cannabis Buyers’ Club.
  • 1998 – Oregon Ballot Measure 67 legalizes medical marijuana in Oregon.
  • 2000 – The U.S. District Court suggests that physicians who are recommending cannabis in good faith should not have to face fears of sanction by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
  • 2014 – Oregon approves Measure 91, legalizing non-medical use and cultivation (i.e. recreational) cannabis.

Oregon Medical Marijuana Laws

Both medical and recreational marijuana are legal in Oregon.

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Written by
Dipak Hemraj
Dipak Hemraj

Dipak Hemraj is a published author, grower, product maker, and Leafwell’s resident cannabis expert. From botany & horticulture to culture & economics, he wishes to help educate the public on why cannabis is medicine (or a “pharmacy in a plant”) and how it can be used to treat a plethora of health problems. Dipak wants to unlock the power of the plant, and see if there are specific cannabinoid-terpene-flavonoid profiles suitable for different conditions.

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