Oregon Medical Marijuana Vs Oregon Recreational Use
* It is important to understand that each state has their own medical laws and what one state allows, does not mean other medical states allow for the same. These comparisons are for Oregon laws only, and they are constantly changing, so please stay informed. If you are going to other states, please learn about that states’ laws.
OMMP or Recreational Use?
With the recreational use of Cannabis well under way, some people question whether they are wanting a recreational use experience or if they have a greater need for an OMMP Medicinal use. Here are just a few questions to ask yourself: Do I have a qualifying medical condition to obtain my OMMP card?
Do I currently take any prescription or over the counter medications for my qualifying condition? Am I interested in an alternative medication option? Do I take medication on a daily basis? Have I tried Recreational Cannabis to reduce symptoms of a medical condition and have found relief, but need to have access to a more regular prescription type quantity and potency? Am I using Recreational Cannabis to alleviate my medical symptoms but I cannot continue to afford paying taxes for my medicine? Do I want to grow my own medicine, but can’t because I live in an area that does not allow Recreational Cannabis plants to be grown?
If you answered yes to any one of these questions, you’re more than likely an individual who is seeking Cannabis for it’s Medicinal use and will benefit greatly by obtaining your OMMP card.
But, if you’re unsure, keep reading below.
OMMP Qualifying Conditions
As many of us already know, and some of us learning to know, Cannabis has been found to help alleviate many diseases and symptoms. These are the particular conditions that the OMMP recognizes as qualifying to use Cannabis in Medical quantities and potencies: Cancer, Glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, Degenerative/Pervasive Neurological Conditions, PTSD, And/or conditions that cause: Severe Pain, Cachexia, Severe Nausea, Seizures, and Muscle Spasms.
(If you have a condition that you are unsure of whether it is qualifying or not, give us a call and we can help you to figure it out.)
The Endocannabinoid System
Did you know that you have one? An Endocannabinoid System. You do. We ALL do. That’s right. Every creature that has a spine. Even that sea slug. Not only do we have this system, that has been shown to be made specifically to interact with Cannabis, but our own bodies produce Cannabinoids naturally. That is why it is essential for every body to tend to their E.C. System. A good, clean, healthy Recreational dose of Cannabis can help most people reach a state of homeostasis and balance.
If you’re already a pretty healthy individual, and do not meet the OMMP qualifying conditions, maybe your Endocannabinoid System just needs a little boost. Contact your local Dispensary to find out about Recreational dosing.
How much marijuana can I possess if I am a medical marijuana patient?
An Oregon medical marijuana patient (and their caregiver, if applicable) may possess up to 6 mature plants, which must be grown at a registered grow site address, and up to 24 ounces of usable marijuana.
Is there a limit on how much marijuana an OMMP patient or caregiver can possess or purchase from a dispensary?
Yes. A patient or caregiver may only possess or purchase from a dispensary in one day:
- 24 ounces of usable marijuana;
- 16 ounces of a medical cannabinoid product in solid form;
- 72 ounces of a medical cannabinoid product in liquid form;
- 16 ounces of a cannabinoid concentrate whether sold alone or contained in an inhalant delivery system;
- Five grams of a cannabinoid extract whether sold alone or contained in an inhalant delivery system;
- Four immature marijuana plants; and
Q: How much marijuana can I have?
A: The personal possession limits are:
- One ounce of usable marijuana in a public place;
- Eight ounces of usable marijuana;
- 16 ounces of a cannabinoid product in solid form;
- 72 ounces of a cannabinoid product in liquid form;
- Five grams of cannabinoid extracts or concentrates, whether sold alone or contained in an inhalant delivery system;
- Four immature marijuana plants; and
- Ten marijuana seeds.
For more information regarding Recreational use please visit: http://www.oregon.gov/olcc/marijuana/Pages/FAQs-Personal-Use.aspx or WhatsLegalOregon.com
Recreational Plant Limits
An individual may grow up to 4 mature marijuana plants, for personal use. Anyone seeking to grow more than 4 plants for recreational use should contact the OLCC for licensing information. Their website can be found through this link:
So what do the comparisons look like in real life application?
First, let’s take a look at growing, as an individual.
Recreationally growing, one residence can have ONLY 4 PLANTS TOTAL, immature and mature, for the entire household (adult use 21+ only).
Medicinally, an individual OMMP cardholder, growing for themselves at their own residence inside city limits, can have 6 mature plants, plus 12 immature plants. If there is a non-cardholder (a Caregiver is considered by the OHA as a non-cardholder) living at the residence, the non-cardholder can grow the 4 recreational plants as well.
Now, lets take a look at the quantities and potencies of allowable Cannabis products.
It may appear to be the same, but when one takes a look at the serving tables, one will discover that the quantities really are vastly different.
For example: 72 ounces of a medical cannabinoid product in liquid form (4000mg THC/container) is much greater than 72 ounces of a recreational cannabinoid product in liquid form (1000mg THC/ container).
So, hypothetically,72 ounces of a one ounce liquid of medical product would allow you 288,000 mg THC, while a recreational 72 ounces would only allow 72,000mg THC.
If a patient were to need 100mg/THC in capsules and the encapsulated product is in liquid form, and 40 100mg/THC capsules can be in one container, ((4000mg THC total) approx 1.3 oz per container) they could potentially possess 221,520 mg THC. (72/1.3=55.38 containers * 4000mg THC= 221,520 mg THC)
As opposed to a recreational limit of 10mg/serving(or per capsule) with a max of 100mg per container (that is a max of 10 capsules, which is 0.32 oz) (72/.32=225 containers * 100mg THC(per container)= 22,500 mg THC). Recreational capsule limit of 22, 500 mg THC is significantly less than OMMP medical grade capsules.
These are just a couple comparisons of the allowable forms of Cannabis, and you can already see that patients have a much higher availability to their medicine as an OMMP Cardholder.
If you are a patient looking for a knowledgeable source on how to utilize your Cannabis to it’s fullest potential, we are happy to schedule a consultation with you or your representative.
Visual courtesy Portland Police Bureau, (https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/71570), shows the difference between Recreational limits allowed on your persons (1 oz) and what is allowed in possession at home (8 oz). Your 4 Recreational plants may produce more than 8 ounces, but legally you are allowed to possess 8. It is not legal to sell your excess to anyone, but it may be given away freely to adults 21+, unless you are a state licensed producer. (The Producers work very hard at maintaining those licenses, whether we agree with the current laws or not. If you would like to make a profit, we encourage you to seek out the appropriate avenues.)
Each OMMP Patient is allowed to possess 1 1/2 pounds (24 ounces), when they have designated someone else as their Grower.
As per OAR 333-008-0580, a Patient who designates themselves as their own Grower: (1) Subject to section (2) of this rule, a person designated to produce marijuana by a patient may possess the amount of usable marijuana that the person harvests from his or her mature marijuana plants, provided that the person may not possess usable marijuana in excess of the amount of usable marijuana in the person’s possession as reported to the Authority under OAR 333-008-0630.(2) A person designated to produce marijuana by a patient may not possess usable marijuana in excess of:
(a) For a marijuana grow site located outdoors, 12 pounds of usable marijuana per mature marijuana plant; or
(b) For a marijuana grow site located indoors, six pounds of usable marijuana per mature marijuana plant.
If you are a Patient designating yourself as a Grower: grow sites registered with OMMP may transfer usable marijuana to OLCC licensees Per HB 2198. A grow site will be able to transfer up to 20 pounds of usable marijuana per year to an OLCC licensed processor or wholesaler. OLCC has developed rules regarding these transfers. Please contact OLCC or visit the OLCC website for further information.