Oregon has long had a positive relationship with marijuana and hemp. Even before the state legalized MMJ, Oregonians used cannabis at a much higher rate than other American locations. In 1975, approximately 19% of residents used weed; this was just two years after decriminalization.
One would expect the state also freely to permit CBD. You may even think that the hemp industry suffers because of easy access to marijuana. However, this isn’t the case. Keep reading to learn more about the legality of CBD oil in Oregon.
Marijuana Law in Oregon
Oregon was one of the first states to legalize MMJ. It did so via Measure 67 in 1998. From 1999 to 2005, the rate of cannabis use in the state was 45% higher than the general American population. It was only a matter of time before full legalization occurred.
However, marijuana advocates had to wait until 2014, when Measure 91 was approved. The state quickly moved to crack down on low-quality products.
By early 2017, dispensaries were only permitted to sell weed to recreational users if they had an OLCC license.
Today, recreational users are allowed to carry up an ounce of usable cannabis in public and buy the same amount. However, the possession limit rises to eight ounces in a private residence. You are also allowed to grow four plants at home.
Surely, all of the above means Oregonians don’t think twice about CBD? On the contrary, the cannabinoid’s propensity to help users without causing an intoxicating high is very appealing. Read more on the possible benefits of CBD oil.
Can You Legally Buy CBD Oil in Oregon?
Unlike some states that confuse matters, it is apparent that you can legally buy CBD oil in Oregon. In fact, it was possible ever since the state fully legalized cannabis in 2014. The same year also saw the passing of a Farm Bill act that enabled farmers to grow hemp as part of a pilot program.
Although it was a step forward, it was a far cry from the freedom provided by the 2018 Farm Bill. The updated legislation allowed farmers to grow the hemp crop as long as it contained less than 0.3% THC. At present, Oregon continues to follow the same CBD classification regulations as outlined by the latest version of the farm bill.
Regulation of CBD in Oregon
Users should also know that the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) oversees and regulates hemp-derived CBD products. There are no special requirements over the sale of such products. However, regulations exist for labeling, testing, and cultivation. That said, the rules vary for hemp and cannabis.
For example, products containing only hemp for human consumption or use must include the ODA’s blue hemp symbol. Products containing any marijuana must have a rectangle with a white weed leaf, and an exclamation point in a box with a red background.
Also, all CBD products must include a warning that states it comes from hemp and could have THC. This warning must also state: “Keep out of reach of children.” The FDA’s anti-CBD stance means manufacturers must say: “This product is not approved by the FDA to treat, cure, or prevent any disease.” Concentrates or extracts for retail sale must have tests for solvents, pesticides, CBD, and THC content.
There are limits on possession for CBD products that come from marijuana. At present, you are allowed a maximum of 16 ounces in solid product form, 72 ounces in liquid form, and five grams of concentrate.
Industrial Hemp in Oregon
By 2017, there were already more than 100 farmers planning for an estimated 1,300 acres of hemp. This is thanks to the state’s progressive attitude towards the Cannabis sativa plant. From 2015 to 2018, there was a twenty-fold increase in state licenses to grow hemp in Oregon.
In 2019, there were 50,000 planted acres of hemp in Oregon. It is #1 for hemp production in the United States and is likely to increase exponentially in the next couple of years.
By the middle of 2018, Oregon had an estimated one million pounds of marijuana flower in its system, along with 350,000 pounds of edibles, tinctures, and extracts.
The falling price of marijuana in Oregon has also driven farmers towards hemp.
Between 2015 and 2018, the price of a gram of weed fell from $14 to $7. As supply is significantly outstripping demand, enormous amounts of marijuana could get destroyed. With a drastic increase in the number of hemp licenses applied for, we hope the same thing doesn’t happen with the hemp industry.
Those looking to grow hemp commercially in Oregon should source for certified seed. For the record, Oregon State University began certifying seeds in June 2019.
Final Thoughts on CBD Oil in Oregon
The FDA doesn’t approve CBD as a medicine, but it is prevalent in Oregon. In fact, the industry is booming to the extent that marijuana farmers are switching to hemp because their intoxicating crop is no longer profitable. Some stores offer CBD products in every major town in Oregon. You can also order online, with reputable brands such as PureKana and Premium Jane supplying high-quality CBD.
Unusual CBD products available in Oregon include:
- CBD-infused IPA, which is sold by Coalition Brewing in Portland
- An anti-inflammatory pain stick sold by Cannabis Nation in Oregon City
- A dark chocolate CBD bar that you can buy at Herbal Choices in Coos Bay.
As for CBD oil, it is available in hundreds of locations across Oregon, whether you live in Portland, Eugene, Wood Village, Beaverton, or Oregon City. Although it is tempting to try and save a little money, we don’t recommend purchasing ‘cheap’ CBD oil.
There is a stark difference between getting value for money and buying garbage. If you choose low-quality CBD oil, it will fail to provide you with the results you crave. Also, it will likely mean you immediately discount it as a means of assistance.
If you would prefer to use THC, check out our guide on how to get a medical marijuana card in Oregon. Of course, all adults aged 21+ can also buy up to an ounce.